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Climbing Sticks For Hunting
The major advantage of these climbing sticks is that they can be used on virtually any tree, crooked or straight. Of course this offers hunters a much wider choice of tree stand locations which can mean the difference between success and failure.
Most individual climbing sticks range from 20” to 32” in length and are available for purchase in several quantities ranging from individual sticks to 3 packs, 4 packs, and even 5 packs. By purchasing the proper number of climbing sticks for your application you can position your treestand as high, or as low, as needed. With 3 or 4 climbing sticks you can usually achieve that 15 to 20 foot height preferred by most hunters.
Mobility is the major advantage offered by this type of climbing stick. More and more manufacturers are designing their climbing sticks to be easily packed onto one other for silent and easy transportation. Once packed onto each other and then secured to a hang-on treestand a hunter can hang a brand new set on the fly and be hunting in a matter of minutes. Being able to use virtually any tree, even crooked ones, offers a great amount of flexibility over stacking sticks and climbing treestands. For this reason alone, climbing sticks have become the #1 tool of “run and gun” style hunters.
The major drawback of these climbing sticks is their price. Most 3 packs of climbing sticks start at roughly $100 and go up from there. Compared to $50 to $70 for their stackable ladder counterparts it's a considerable price difference that can affect your purchasing decisions.
Non-Stackable Climbing Sticks Available Models
Lone Wolf Climbing Sticks
The original individual climbing stick, Lone Wolf continues to lead the pack when it comes to weight and mobility. Each 32" climbing stick weighs a mere 2.5 lbs and fits trees from 4 to 22 inches in diameter. The single tube design has a hefty 350 lb weight rating which is more than most of the ladder style climbing sticks. A 3 pack of these sticks will safely get you to 16 feet and weighs just 7.5 lbs. Each stick attaches to the tree with Lone Wolf's Versabutton system and a single cam strap. The Lone Wolf climbing sticks also pack together for ease of transport and are designed to fasten directly to any of Lone Wolf's hang-on treestands.
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Gorilla Silverback Predator Climbing Sticks
These climbing sticks from Gorilla are available in both 20" and 32" lengths. The longer 32" model weighs in at 3.5 lbs per section and has a 250 lb weight rating. Much like the Lone Wolf climbing sticks the Silverbacks feature a rotating step that can be used on either the right or left, and a single cam strap to fasten them to the tree. The sticks also nest into and lock to one another. Sold in 3 packs the Silverback Predator climbing sticks weigh 10.5 lbs per set and will get you to 16 feet safely.
Muddy Outdoors Climbing Sticks
Bursting onto the market in 2009 with an innovative new climbing stick, Muddy Outdoors has made an immediate mark on the hunting industry. The climbing sticks from Muddy Outdoors feature two unique features. The first is a buckle-less rope system used to attach the sticks to the tree. Simply wrap the climbing-grade rope around the tree, pull it through the locking cams on the stick, and tie it off with a knot and you're done. No buckles or cams to click or make noise while hanging these sticks on the go. The 2nd unique feature of these climbing sticks is the dual-geared steps. Having a step on both sides of the climbing stick affords the hunter additional stability while climbing up and down from their treestand and greater flexibility when placing your treestand. Each stick is 20 inches long and weighs 2.5 lbs. They are sold individually or in packs of 4.
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Climbing Sticks Conclusion
While climbing sticks may not be for every hunter, they are certainly gaining ground with many of them. Certain climbing sticks may be more expensive than simple screw in tree steps but the added safety and ease of use should more than make up for the price difference. Additionally, with many mobile options being available a good set of climbing sticks and a hang-on stand have replaced climbing stands for many people. With this lethal combination you can climb virtually any tree in a matter of minutes all while being quiet and staying safe. For this reason climbing sticks will continue to become more popular and manufacturers will continue to provide us with new innovations to help us stay safe in our pursuit of trophy game animals.