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 tree stands right here in the USA. Below are our findings, including a ton of details about each. Drop us a line if you have any questions, and happy hunting!
Full List of Tree Stand Brands Made in the USA
Lone Wolf sells a range of tree stands designed to help make hunting easier and safer. The Assault II from Lone Wolf is “the lightest in the pack”, weighing in at just 11 lbs. Even at that lightweight though, it still has a weight rating of 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.
The Grey Ghost Tree Stand from Woodsey Too is made 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 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. It is made for both bow and gun hunting, whether you are going for deer or any other game. The swivel is super quiet and there’s no slippage from the tightening system around the tree.
The Den Prowler deer stand from Cougar Claw is designed to be a super quiet treestand. The aluminum frame will provide good support and it is made to be 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 rifle hunting. In addition to being the quietest, it’s also made to be comfortable. The Den Prowler has dense foam cushions on the bottom seat and backrest, which would be much appreciated after several hours of sitting in it.
When we started talking to Donnie Paul, president at Cougar Claw, we found out that he has been in the hunting and fishing business for over 40 years. He’s even had first-hand experience with the difference between foreign manufacturing and locally produced stands! “Volume, volume, volume, that is what it was all about,” says Paul (when talking about the importers). Being made in the USA (in Foley, AL specifically) gives Donnie and team much more quality control. “If I have an idea and I want to make a change in my product, I can go to my shop out back and make the change now. I personally look at just about every tree stand made at our factory. Quality is first with every Cougar Claw Tree Stand shipped.”
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.
The Chippewa Wedge-Loc Treestand is made to be easy to secure and stay tight. It comes with your choice of either a chain rigging harness or a strap rigging harness, both of which will work just fine. However, when it comes to minimizing noise, the strap harness would work better. The seat isn’t as padded as some others, 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. It also has a weight limit of 475 lbs. It fits trees from 7″ to 21″ in diameter and comes in a few different seat heights ranging from 20″ to 25″.
The Treewalker ProMag Treestand works for a variety of different hunters, no matter if you are bow hunting or gun hunting. It has a combination of features – a shooting rail, bow rest, multi-position backrest, and other customization options that give you a lot of flexibility. The ProMag stand also offers both standing and sitting positions. You can easily do both in this stand and feel safe and steady. The noise level was non-existent and it fits well on a variety of tree types and diameters.
Factors To Consider
Security & Safety Measures
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 to value in this category:
- Strap slippage
- Safety harness around the seat
- The stand is easy to step into
- Simple and easy-to-reach place to store your bow or firearm
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. Look at how each deer stand reacts to different movements to judge noise levels.
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. Look at the seat padding (thickness, material) on each tree stand and the backrest, which should be adjustable to help you find the right angle that works for you.
Look 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. Also look 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 & Size
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. Try to stick to stands that are anywhere from 15-30 lbs, although you might find a few exceptions on either end where you feel like the performance is phenomenal for the weight. In some cases, these stands can fit well in a hunting backpack.
Also included here is the weight rating. A good deer stand should be able to accommodate hunters up to at least 300 lbs.
Also look at the size of each stand when collapsed. It should be compact and not awkward to carry.
Look for tree stands with good features to help make your hunt easier. Some of these features include:
- Bow rest
- Shooting rail
- Equipment pockets
Of course, you need to consider the value and price of each tree stand to make sure you’re getting the most for your money.