Best Tree Stands

During hunting season, a reliable tree stand is a must. Especially when you’ll likely be sitting up there for several hours each day. We set out to find the companies that are making the best tree stands right here in the USA. Below are our findings, including a ton of details about each of our top recommendations and all of the factors we considered in our research. Drop us a line if you have any questions, and happy hunting.

Our Findings

Overall, we found 5 products that we thought were worthy of calling the best of the best American made tree stands. Several popular tree stand makers like Summit and others that you’ll find at Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops aren’t made in America, so we eliminated those from contention pretty early in our research process. Each of our top picks have their own merits, so we split them up into 5 categories that should hopefully help you make a decision relatively easily. Those categories are: quietest, lightest, best for crooked trees, easiest to secure/set up, and the most versatile stand. Check out all of our recommendations below.

Top Recommendations

Best Deer StandsBest for:
Cougar Claw Den ProwlerQuietest
Lone Wolf Assault II Hang On Tree StandLightest
Woodsey Too TreestandsCrooked Trees
Chippewa Wedge-Loc TreestandsEasiest to Secure
Treewalker TreestandsMost Versatile

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below is a ton of details about each of our top picks, what features we loved (and didn’t love), and where to get them.

Quietest Deer Stand

Cougar Claw Den Prowler


The Den Prowler deer stand from Cougar Claw was the quietest among all the products we looked at. The aluminum frame provides good support and was relatively easy to set up. There are 16 adjustment holes on the frame, so you should be able to set it up at the angle you want to be at, whether it’s for bow or gun hunting. In addition to being the quietest, we also thought this was the most comfortable deer stand of all the ones we looked at. The Den Prowler has dense foam cushions on the bottom seat and back rest, which is much appreciated after several hours sitting in it. The stand weighs 19.9 lbs and has a weight rating up to 300 lbs. Cougar Claw also has “Cub” (kids) and “Bubba” (heavy) versions of this stand to accommodate every hunter.

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Things we like:

  • Anti-rattle
  • Very comfortable
  • Safety straps were easy to secure
  • Adjustable

Things we don’t like:

  • A little bulky after it folds up

 

Lightest Deer Stand

Lone Wolf Assault II Hang On Tree Stand


The Assault II from Lone Wolf is indeed “the lightest in the pack”, weighing in at just 11 lbs. Even at that light weight though, we found performance to hold up super well with this tree stand. It has a weight rating up to 350 lbs. and can fit into just about any tight space. The straps are easy to set up on a variety of tree shapes and sizes and it also includes a 6-point fall arrest system. While this stand doesn’t come with the normal equipment pockets that you’ll find on larger tree stands, the Assault II does have an in cast bow holder. Ultimately, if you’re a mobile hunter who wants a super light setup that can fit into some awkward spaces, you can’t go wrong with the Lone Wolf Assault II.

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Things we like:

  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Fits well in tight spaces
  • Heavy weight rating
  • Easily collapsible and portable
  • In cast bow holder

Things we don’t like:

  • Minimal padding for long stays

 

Best Deer Stand for Crooked Trees

Woodsey Too Treestands


We were really impressed by the Grey Ghost Tree Stand from Woodsey Too for fitting into awkward spaces. It is great for crooked trees and weird areas where most other tree stands just won’t work. The reason it works so well for crooked trees is the slim frame and adjustable arm. You can adjust the arm and keep the platform level anywhere from 90 degrees to 45 degrees, essentially giving you a full range of motion for any tree angle. Even better, the seat has a full range of motion, allowing you to turn 360 degrees for the perfect shot at any time. This is perfect for both bow and gun hunting, whether you are going for deer or any other game. The swivel is super quiet and we didn’t see any slippage from the tightening system around the tree. Overall, a super high quality tree stand for folks that need to fit into some tight and awkward spaces.

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Things we like:

  • Secures well to several tree types
  • Seat has full range of motion
  • Quiet
  • Easy to set up

Things we don’t like:

  • No cushion, so may not be ideal for some long hunts

 

Easiest Tree Stand to Secure

Chippewa Wedge-Loc Treestands


The Chippewa Wedge-Loc Treestand is incredibly easy to secure and stays tight – there was virtually no slippage from our research. It comes with your choice of either a chain rigging harness or strap rigging harness, both of which will get the job done. However, when it comes to minimizing noise, we preferred the strap harness. The seat was not as padded as our other top picks, but it gets the job done and you save on weight if you’re a mobile hunter. This entire tree stand weighs just 14.5 lbs, which is right behind Lone Wolf as the lightest stands on our list. It also has an impressive weight limit at 475 lbs. It fits trees from 7″ to 21″ in diameter and comes in a few different seat heights ranging from 20″ to 25″. Overall, if you’re looking for something pretty basic that is easy to operate without the frills, the Chippewa Wedge-Loc Treestand is a great option.

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Things we like:

  • Easy to secure
  • Lightweight
  • Some customization options
  • Comes with a safety harness

Things we don’t like:

  • Strap harness is $8 more than chain harness version

 

Most Versatile Tree Stand

Treewalker Treestands


The Treewalker ProMag Treestand is spectacular for a variety of different hunters, no matter if you are bow hunting or gun hunting. It has a combination of appealing features that really make it shine – a shooting rail, bow rest, multi-position backrest, and other customization options that give you a lot of flexibility. The ProMag stand was also the best one we found for both standing and sitting positions. You can easily do both in this stand and feel safe and steady. The noise level was non-existent, it fit well on a variety of tree types and diameters, and overall we think it is a great companion on any hunt.

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Things we like:

  • Bow rest
  • Shooting rail
  • Comfortable back rest
  • Quiet
  • Very adjustable

Things we don’t like:

  • A little slow in shipping in our experience

Factors We Considered

Security

First and foremost, you need to make sure you are secure when you’re hunting from way up high in a tree. Here are a few of the features we really valued in this category:

  • Strap slippage
  • Safety harness around the seat
  • Stand is easy to step into
  • Simple and easy to reach place to store your bow or firearm

Noise Level

Right behind security is the noise level of the stand. Any creaks or sounds when you are maneuvering in the stand are going to scare off the deer or whatever other game you are hunting. Typically, the frame, joints, and harness are going to be the biggest factors here. We looked at how each deer stand reacted to different movements to judge noise levels.

Comfort

There are undoubtedly going to be several times where you are up in the stand for hours on end for a hunt, so you need to be comfortable. We looked at the seat padding on each tree stand and the backrest, which should be adjustable to help you find the right angle.

Flexibility

We looked at a few features when it comes to flexibility – range of motion, ability to adjust, and ability to fit into tight spaces. A good hunting stand will have a wide range of motion in case you need to change your position slightly in the middle of the hunt. We also looked at the adjustable straps and settings on each stand to fit different types of hunters. And finally, you’re going to eventually find yourself in some awkward spaces during a hunt. A solid tree stand should be able to adjust to crooked trees and tight spaces so you can set yourself up from the perfect vantage point.

Weight

You’re likely going to be lugging this stand deep into the woods, so it needs to be light enough for you to carry a decent way. We tried to stick to stands that are anywhere from 15-30 lbs, although we did have a couple of exceptions on either end where we felt like performance was phenomenal for the weight.

Also included here is the weight rating. A good deer stand should be able to accommodate hunters up to at least 300 lbs.

Features

We looked for tree stands with good features to help make your hunt easier. Some of these features included:

  • Bow rest
  • Shooting rail
  • Equipment pockets

Value

Of course, we needed to consider value and price of each tree stand to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. We eliminated several products from consideration where we thought the quality didn’t live up to the price tag.