If you’re hunting with a guide, ask what kind of tree-stands they have. I’ve been in everything from homemade 12”x12” plywood seat stands to plush, double seaters that have safety bars. Regardless of which type of stand, ALWAYS wear a safety harness.
Once you’ve safely climbed into your stand practice rotating and simulate shooting from seated and standing positions. See that your tree tether is adjusted properly so you aren’t inhibited by it but remain safely attached to the tree. If the stand affords room for shooting sticks, practice maneuvering your sticks to various spots for a steady rest and clear shot.
When hunting from a blind make sure there is a clear lane into the blind so you can safely bring the firearm in. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Just because you can’t see beyond the walls of the blind, doesn’t mean you should point the muzzle that direction.
If there is a seat or chair in the blind, test it out before you mount your firearm. Once you’re comfortable, mount your rifle and practice swinging from one side of the window to the other. If you are afforded two windows practice moving from one window to next. Know where the blind walls are so they don’t obstruct a shot. Also, make sure there are no branches or obstructions outside the blind.
Practicing and knowing before you fire your gun will help keep you safe in the field and add to your chance for a successful harvest.
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