It is important that you understand what the minimum tree diameter for a tree stand is before you place your stand.

Tree stands provide you with a great hunting advantage but they also have the potential to be dangerous. Every year they are responsible for injuries and deaths of hunters who fall from them.

These can be avoided:

If you familiarize yourself with the correct type and size of tree you should choose to install your tree stand you will take a big step towards eliminating one of the causes of these accidents. 

There is a minimum tree trunk diameter that a treestand may be used on. The majority of manufacturers provide that minimum (as well as maximum) to use as a vital safety guide.

We will reveal them all below:

General Minimum Tree Diameter Advice

As a blanket piece of advice the US FWS simply advises that you choose a straight tree that is the right size for your treestand.

It goes on to warn that you should avoid smooth barked trees and this is particularly the case during icy and wet conditions.

As you can see this does not really narrow down the specific tree diameter that should be used so we have put together a table that provides minimum and maximum tree diameters for specific treestand brands.

Where the minimum or maximum tree diameter differs from model to model we have identified the model, otherwise the diameter advice applies across all treestands in the range.

Specific Minimum (and Maximum) Tree Diameter Advice

Treestand Manufacturer

Minimum

Tree Diameter

Maximum

Tree Diameter

9"

18"

No min. stated


9"

20"

Bolderton Treestands

9"


8"

18"

Buckshot Manufacturing 

(Equalizer 21.5)

(Equalizer 24)

(Big Shot 21.5)

(Big Shot 24)

(CenterShot 21.5)

(CenterShot 24)


8"

10"

8"

10"

8"

10"


19"

20"

17.5"

20"

19"

20"

Guide Gear

No min. stated


8"

22"

8"

20"

6"

22"

Millennium Treestands

(M-1 Hang-On)

(all other models)


12"

9"


22"

22"

9"


9"

18"

8"

20"

8"

20"

Timbertall Treestands

No min. stated


No min. stated


9"

20"

No min. stated


Note that where there has been no minimum tree diameter on the respective manufacturer’s websites or in their manuals you should assume a minimum tree diameter of 10 inches.

It should be pointed out that the stated tree diameters for the various makes and models of treestands refers to the diameter of the tree trunk at the treestand installation height.

That installation height is where the seat will be located around 15 feet up the tree (not the diameter down at ground level).

Another safety note that should be pointed out about the selection of the tree you choose is that it should not have any imperfections on the trunk. These include branches or burls for 20 feet in height. There should not be any insect or animal nests where you are planning on hanging your stand.

The bottom line is that you are placing your treestand, no matter whether it is a hang-on stand, a climbing stand or a ladder stand in a tree that can comfortably support it and the weight of you and your equipment.

You don’t want to be trying to make an effective and humane shot standing in a tree that is moving and bending wildly. It’s not only dangerous but it will also affect your hunting experience.

By the way:

Before attempting to install your tree stand, no matter what the size of the tree may be, you should first carefully read the manual that was provided with it as well as the Fish & Wildlife Service Treestand Safety Tips guide.


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