Hunting requires the use of some specialist accessories, some of which must comply with rules and regulation set down by governing bodies. The need to follow the rules on public land means strap-on tree steps may be required.

The ease with which they can be installed and their lightweight compact size makes tree steps a popular option for climbing up to your hang-on treestand.

Due to the fact that many states do not allow screw-in tree steps to be used in the trees on public land there is a need for the less invasive strap-on tree steps.

They work in much the same way as tree climbing sticks with an adjustable strap that can be wrapped around the trunk of the tree and then tightened so that it locks securely in place.

We have put together a selection of strap-on tree steps from a variety of manufacturers with an assortment of designs and features. Take a look at each, compare them and read the reviews to get a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Our List of the Best Strap-On Tree Steps

Make / Model

No. of

Steps

Weight

MSRP

1

9.5 oz

$10.38

1

8

n.a.

$20.00

$128.00

10

7.3 lbs

$124.99

1

1.34lbs

$6.99

12

5 lbs 3oz

$144.99

Description of Strap On Tree Steps

Now that we have had the opportunity to compare a selection of strap on tree steps and get an idea about their basic individual characteristics we will take the opportunity to go into more detail.

Below is a more detailed review of each make and model including all of the different features and what makes them unique compared to their competitors. As you will see, there are many different options to choose from within each make/model.

Cranford Ezy Climb Rope Tree Steps

Here is the Cranford answer to climbing where screw-in steps are prohibited. The step is attached to the tree trunk using a polyester tie-cord rope that can be adjusted to fit tree trunks up to 17 inches in diameter.

The actual step itself is made from solid 11 gauge stainless steel and consists of a rod hook and rivet. The assembly folds to make it more convenient to carry but when it is unfolded and in place it is sturdy and solid.

The step area measures 3.75 inches long.

Check out the video below to see it in action.

Find out more about this or any of the tree steps in the company’s range by visiting the Cranford Ezy Climb website.

Wild Edge Stepp Ladder

The Stepp Ladder tree steps are particularly robust pieces of climbing apparatus that are designed to provide you with an extremely reliable way of climbing up to your treestand.

The Stepp Ladder steps are made from 16-gauge steel which means they are particularly strong and they have been double powder coated to ensure they won’t rust.

The rope is braided polypropylene and is designed so that it won’t become affected by the weather. It measures 6 feet in length and has a tensile strength of 2800 lbs. It has been pre-spliced at one end. The length of the rope makes it large enough to be used on trees up to 1.75 feet in diameter.

When it has been placed on the tree it measures 4 inches from the tree to the cross bar and that cross bar measures 6.75 inches across. This means there is plenty of room for your boots to fit comfortably.

The steps are available as single steps or in packs of 5, 8, 10, 12 or 16.

Find out more about this or any of the tree steps in the company’s range by visiting the Wild Edge website.

Stealth Steps

The Stealth Steps system is a lightweight modular system that has been designed to be put in place without making any noise. The steps also provide a tree ladder that is capable of being extended beyond 20 feet high.

The steps are made using high-strength polymer which is a hardy and durable material that will withstand adverse weather conditions without deteriorating.

They are attached to the tree using supplied straps that can be hand tightened before pushing down on the step to lock it solidly in place. Each step is capable of carrying over 330 lbs.

Because they have no metallic parts they will not make clanking or creaking noises when being installed or when being used. They contain a 14 lug tread platform so that the footing is secure.

They are designed to fit together when not in use to help make it easier to carry. Consequently they can be transported using the custom holsters which will then enable them to be carried in the backpack.

Find out more about this or any of the tree steps in the company’s range by visiting the Stealth Step website.

Primal Tree Stands Strap-On V-Treestep

These steps feature a v-shape design that provides the climber with greater support while climbing. The step tread gives you 6 inches of foot width so the foot can comfortably rest on the tread.

When it has been strapped onto the tree it cam locks on generating immense force so that it will not move. The strap can be cinch closed and buckled so that it is locked in with no risk of it slipping loose.

The steps nest neatly together to make transporting them easier. Each individual step weighs 1.34 lbs.

Bullman Silent Approach Tree Steps

The Silent Approach Tree Steps are advertised as the option to choose if you value mobility when you’re hunting. And indeed, these are lightweight tree steps that can be quickly installed and removed from trees to get you on your way.

They are removable tree steps that have been built with safety in mind but also with the convenience of being easy to use.

The kit consists of 12 steps and straps that will allow you around 20 feet of climbing height. The steps are around 9.5 inches wide and offer the climber plenty of foot room. The straps measure 53 inches in length.

The steps can all be slotted together for transport so that they take up a minimum of space and they will pack into a bag for convenient carry. Altogether the steps and straps weigh approximately 5lbs 3oz.

Find out more about this or any of the tree steps in the company’s range by visiting the Bullman Outdoors website.

Are Strap-On Tree Steps Legal On Public Land?

Strap-On tree steps are legal for use on public land because they do not penetrate the cambrium layer of the tree. These types of tree steps do bite a little way into the bark so that they will not slip or move, but the penetration is minimal.

It is important that the steps are removed when you are leaving your treestand. This makes sense on a couple of levels if you’re using them on public land. Firstly, if you leave them in place you risk having them taken. But the second reason is because leaving a tightly wrapped rope around the trunk of the tree for an extended period can eventually harm the growth of the tree.

What Are My Climbing Alternatives?

If you don’t feel comfortable using strap-on tree steps to climb up to your treestand and you are hunting on private land or there are no local regulations against screwing objects into trees you might choose to use screw-in tree steps.

A majority of folk, who are prepared to carry slightly heavier loads to their hunting location choose to use tree climbing sticks. They tend to be a little sturdier and can be put into place with only a small amount of preparation.

Remember...Safety First!

Climbing trees is a dangerous activity and many hunting-related deaths and injuries can be attributed to falls from trees.

Before leaving the ground you must always be wearing a TMA (Treestand Manufacturer’s Association) approved safety harness and have it properly attached.

Although all of the products discussed above are well-made and safe to use there is always a chance that they have not been properly installed or that the tree is diseased and soft. Should you slip or the steps somehow detach you need to have your safety line there to catch your fall.

No matter how high off the ground you climb, it is imperative that you are wearing your harness and that your hands are free so that you can properly grip the steps as you go.


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