I’m often asked about the best deer stand accessories. The truth is I come across a wild and wacky array of accessories for hunting while I’m writing and researching. The reality is that 90% of them are rubbish.
As a side project, Jack and I have listed here what we think are the essentials you should have on a deer stand. Then I’ve gone on to name some ‘nice-to-haves’, but certainly not deal breakers.
I’d love to hear whether you agree with me below!
Best Deer Stand Accessories – The Essentials
Safety first – a safety harness and straps
Ok, so please don’t knock me until you’ve heard my case. My favorite tree-stand safety harness is not a tree-stand safety harness. It’s this black diamond climbing harness with a robust Hunter Safety System tree strap.
You can read more about my reasons why here: best tree stand safety harness
If you’re dead-set on a ‘real’ safety harness, I would go with this Hybrid Flex Harness from Hunter.
I also like to have this Hunter Safety System quick connect strap to feel secure as soon as I get to the right height. I leave the strap on my favorite trees for the season, and as soon as I reach the top, I clip in and breathe easy.
Find a decent weapon hanger
Hunt with a bow?
Made in China, this two-arm long EZ hanger from REALTREE screws into the tree behind you and extends out to the side of your body for you to hang things. Simple and effective. It’s a reliable place to hang your bow and is excellent value for money.
Hunt with a rifle?
This EZ Reach Tree Stand Organizer will take care of safely positioning your rifle. It can be adjusted to 360º and works universally on all climbers and ladder stands.
Hunt with a crossbow?
Check out this crossbow mount from REAL TREE. It has a longer hook to accommodate your crossbow.
Include great binos
Check out these Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars from Celestron. These are easy to use binoculars for everybody, and they come at an excellent price for a premium product.
They have high-quality lenses. Image lighting levels are outstanding, as well. They give more contrast, too, with an excellent resolution. They also have 8x magnification power and a 6.5-foot close focus. Great specs!
They’re waterproof too, not to mention protected against the elements. They won’t fog up and have a rubber-armored polycarbonate housing.
The interesting question is, why bother with binoculars if you can only shoot forty yards? Well, first, you’ll want to track animals coming from afar to get ready. But more importantly, for me, you’re going to be up in a tree stand for a long time, and the outdoors is a beautiful place! Discover everything there is to know about your local area.
Rope to pull up your pack/your bow
It seems pretty straightforward. Trying to climb up the tree with your pack, equipment and even a bow slung over your shoulder is a terrible idea. Climb up first, and once at the top, pull your gear up with this 30-foot Muddy Tree Stand Lift Cord with rubber-coated carabiner clips.
Tree Stand Umbrella
This camouflaged hunting tree stand umbrella from Allen Company is 57 inches wide and protects you from sun, wind, rain, and snow. Its solid frame is easy to install and stays comfortably attached to the tree. Its perfect size will keep you dry.
Not sure this is the right tree stand umbrella for you?
- Read more: best tree stand umbrella
Getting in and out of a tree stand is dangerous. The safest way to get up and down is to use climbing sticks.
My recommendation is this Hawk Helium Climbing Stick for tree stands. The traction-grabbing steps feel secure, and it’s quick and easy to get them set up. These steps fold up for transportation.
It gets frickin’ cold outside. It seems pretty apparent, but wrap up with a nice warm facemask (and fingerless gloves too). Check out some of these options for ideas.
Tree Stand Lock
A tree stand lock is excellent for securing a trail camera or other equipment. Check out this simple yet effective cable lock and key from Master Lock.
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Best Deer Stand Accessories – The non-essentials
It will depend on the brand of your tree stand, so have a look at these options. Sitting outside all day can get pretty uncomfortable. Treat yourself to a comfortable seat cushion.
While you’re at it, pick up a waterproof seat cover so that it doesn’t soak right through under challenging conditions.
Lastly, lumbar support is a complete game-changer. You’ll notice the difference after no more than a couple of hours.
Hooks for accessories
Screw-in single hook
Go for a simple screw-in hook on which to hang things.
I like this two-arm long EZ hanger, which screws into the tree behind you and extends out to the side of your body for you to hang things. Simple and effective. I’m a fan!
Multi-hook strap-on holder
Or, go nuts and get a multi-hook! There are a few options available.
The Pine Ridge archery equipment hanger is a great way to spread yourself out and relax up high. It includes three equipment hangers, and the five-feet strap fits trees up to 18 inches in diameter. The great thing is that this equipment hanger – made in the USA – won’t damage the tree.
This lightweight belt from Muddy allows you to hang several accessories on its four adjustable hooks. It’s not only suitable for tree stands but excellent in camping or other outdoor situations. It fits any tree up to 22 inches in diameter, with a nice quick release buckle. It holds up to 50 lbs.
A shooting rail
It’s far from a necessity, but it sure helps to have somewhere to rest your gun or crossbow and take a steady aim.
Here’s a shooting rest for rifle hunters, which works with any tree stand. It hangs from above and allows you to track your game vertically and horizontally.
If you’ve got a Summit tree stand, check out this attachable shooting rail. It mounts to the armrest and does a great job. I prefer this shooting rail. It not only works with crossbow and rifle, but I like the freedom it allows.
It depends on where you are, the time of year, and even the time of day. If you suffer from mosquitos, check out the Thermocell Holster and refill cartridges here. If you struggle for space, you can use this clamp to attach it to your tree stand.
Cell phone signal booster
You’re going to spend long hours outdoors. A cell phone signal booster lets you keep in touch with loved ones. This weBoost Drive Sleek is FCC approved and works with all carriers. You can use it not just in a tree stand, but for hiking and camping too.
Summit Treestands Pair of Replacement Cables for Climbing Treestands
The weakest link on a climbing tree stand is the tree stand cable between tree and stand. Summit has some of the highest-quality wires in the industry but check yours regularly to see they’re still in shape. Time will wear them down.
This pair of replacement cables from Summit is 65 inches long and have brand-new shrink tubing. They’re great for safety while keeping noise to a minimum.