Off-Season Treestand Maintenance Checklist

With deer season ending and spring on the horizon, now is the time to ensure your treestands and climbing sticks remain in safe, operable condition. Here’s a quick checklist to keep you safe.

Removing Treestands

We recommend taking all of your treestands down in the off-season to ensure the total longevity of all parts and components of your treestands. Removing your treestands each season and cleaning them up will allow you to properly run through a yearly maintenance checklist and check for damage.

Climbing Sticks

We also recommend taking down all climbing sticks in the off-season to check straps, hardware, and components, as listed below. Our new Welded Double-Step Climbing Sticks and Mini Welded Double-Step Climbing Sticks alleviate the hassle of having to check the bolts on the steps, but this should be done with our Legacy Series Climbing Sticks. Our climbing sticks come with V-Brackets, which should also be checked for damage or loosening.

Platform and Seat

All of our aluminum cast products come with a Lifetime Warranty, but checking for cracks is still essential. Contact us if you notice any damage to the cast, and we will replace the entire treestand.

Hang On Cables

Check the Hang On Cables that attach the stand platform to the post for rust, wear, or damage. Depending on the weather and elements the treestand has endured, we recommend replacing the cables every two years.


VersaStraps should be inspected annually to ensure they are not frayed or damaged by rodents. We recommend replacing straps once a year, especially when left in the elements all season.

Hardware and Accessories

The Offset Bracket and any connections on your stand should be checked to ensure tightness. These parts could become loose over time, so double-checking the tightness of any nuts and bolts is important. Nuts and bolts may also rust over time, so we recommend examining each connection for rust. Plastic hardware, including the VersaButtons, leveler knobs, and washers, are subject to wear, depending on the length of time in the elements. Be sure to replace as needed if chewed, worn, or damaged. We offer all replacement parts for our treestands here.

Storing Treestands

Once your treestands have been properly inspected, we recommend storing your treestands in a dry location away from UV exposure, wildlife, and the elements to ensure they remain in excellent condition for years to come.