Hunting is a centuries-old practice but even so, it’s being perfected even up to date. In a nutshell, there are quite a lot of styles of hunting so it calls upon you to settle for the one that’s going to work best for you.
As compared to the past, you now have access to better weapons, clothing and a lot of gadgets all of which make hunting an easier and more rewarding activity. With tree stand hunting being one of the most preferred styles, the best climbing sticks are a must-have tool especially if you’ll be hunting from a tree stand for your very first time.
Well, the reason you should have a good climbing stick is quite obvious- it will be much easier to find your way to your tree stand and it’s much safer to have a climbing stick, right?
So, whether you’re an avid bow hunter or prefer using your crossbow, we’ve got just the right climbing sticks you could get for hunting. Either of these is easier to use as compared to a ladder stand and strong enough to help you get up your tree stand.
- 1 2019’s 10 best climbing stick selections.
- 1.1 Guide Gear 20′ Climbing Sticks
- 1.2 Guide Gear Quick Climbing Sticks, 3 Pack
- 1.3 Guide Gear 25′ Climbing Sticks
- 1.4 Hurricane Safety Systems 20′ Gravity Forward Climbing Stick
- 1.5 Ameristep 20-Feet Climbing Stick
- 1.6 Millennium Treestands M210 Stick Climber
- 1.7 EBBQ Lone Wolf Climbing Stick, Brown
- 1.8 Summit Treestands The Vine Climbing Stick, 23′, Tan
- 1.9 Big Game Quick-Stick Climbing System CS050
- 1.10 Big Dog 20′ Double-Step Climbing Stick
- 2 What to consider when choosing a hunting climbing stick
- 3 Advantages of using a climbing stick for hunting
Reading all the way through could take some time. So, to save you the trouble of having to do this, we’ve got a side by side comparison of 3 of the very best among our top 10 reviews.
2019’s 10 best climbing stick selections.
On to the first section of this post, it’s time you take a look at what we deemed functional enough after testing and reviewing multiple climbing sticks. Look no further for the safest, most durable and user-friendly climbing sticks.
Guide Gear 20′ Climbing Sticks
As far as hunting accessories are concerned, guide gear boasts to be one of the top brands in the market and it’s not in vain that this is so. Not only is this climbing stick long enough to give you a huge advantage over your prey, but it’s also highly portable and strong enough to get the job done.
Can be broken down into 5 easily portable sections
The packable design this climbing stick comes with stands out to be one of the best since it can be broken down into 5 sections that can then be effortlessly carried through the woods. Similarly, the disassembled pieces can easily be put together to get you on your tree stand fast.
Additionally, despite being an amazing 20’ long, it weighs a total of 23.13 lbs.
Designed to give you stability at its best
Despite this bad boy weighing a manageable 23.13 lbs., the act that it is made of high-quality steel makes it one of the sturdiest you can get your hands on. To add on to the stability, it does have 4′ tree braces as well. It’s also worth mentioning that the climbing stick comes with quick connect pins which allow for both a secure and easy assembly.
As for the steps, these are angled in nature which in turn gives you a sure footing as you find your way up to your tree stand.
Get safety at its best with the included buckle system
A fall from your climbing sticks is the last thing you’d want to happen, right? So, to prevent this, there is a cam buckle system which is designed to attach your climbing sticks to the tree fast and securely
- Weighs only 23.13 lbs. and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs.
- Comes with a cam buckle system for quick and secure tree attachment
- Collapsible to 5 sections for easy portability
- For added safety, ensure you have your safety harness on
Guide Gear Quick Climbing Sticks, 3 Pack
Yet another one from Guide Gear is an amazing 3 pack climbing stick. It features a high-quality construction plus is designed to give you both a safe ascent and descent to and from your tree stand respectively. Let’s have a look at what it packs under the hood.
Safety is ensured by the welded tubular steel design
First things first, I’ve got to say that the build quality you’ll be getting from this bad boy stands out from most. With the components being made of welded tubular steel. To add icing on the cake, this bad boy also comes with an anti-slip double step design that ensures you get a sure footing while ascending or descending your hunting tree stand.
Get durability at its best with the high-quality steel construction
Considering this is an all-steel climbing stick, you’ll not only be getting the sturdiest but also the most durable designs in the market. As it turns out, regardless of the tubular design, this climbing stick should be eligible for use by persons that weigh up to 300 pounds.
Portability is made easier by the collapsible design
One more thing you’ll enjoy this climbing stick is its collapsible nature. It comes with 3 sections each of which measures 32” hence getting you a total of 8’ of additional height hence getting you to your tree stand easy enough.
- Includes quick and secure strap on tree attachments
- Made from welded tubular steel with a weight capacity of 300 lbs.
- Safety is ensured by the anti-slip double step design
- You might have to drill the holes properly for a perfect fit
Guide Gear 25′ Climbing Sticks
There’s nothing you couldn’t be able to do with as much as 25’ of climbing sticks, right? Well, there’s more to enjoy this bad boy than just the height. Transportation is easy, durability is ensured and safety, among other things is not overlooked. Let’s have a look at what it packs under the hood, shall we?
Durability is ensured with the steel construction
First things first, the material used in the design of this treestand climbing stick is tubular stainless steel which means you get unrivaled durability since its corrosion-resistant. As for the weight limit, this climbing stick is designed to support persons that weigh up to 300 lbs. so it’s usable by most tree stand hunters.
Collapsible to 5 sections for easy transportation
In addition to having a high-quality stainless steel design and an ample weight capacity, yet another feature you should look forward to is the portability that comes with this climbing stick. It includes 5 sections each of which measures 5 feet. Unlike most climbing sticks that measure up to 20′, this one gives you an extra 5′ that gives you a higher advantage over your prey
Additionally, the stick weighs only 27.5 lbs. and as such, it should be easy enough to move around with.
Designed to allow for secure climbing
Something else that stands out on the design of this climbing stick is the safety it comes with. Each of the steps are angled which ensures you get a sure footing and won’t have to worry about any potential injuries from slipping. To add on to the safety, the bottom section of this climbing stick sticks into the ground which ensures it’s stable enough to use.
- Comes with angled steps for a sure footing
- Has got a weight limit of 300 lbs. and weighs 27.5 lbs. for easy transportation
- Constructed from tubular steel for utmost stability
- The paint exposes the steel to rust if it chips off
Hurricane Safety Systems 20′ Gravity Forward Climbing Stick
We’re nearly halfway through with our reviews and with this 20’ beast from Hurricane Safety Systems, you couldn’t go wrong in ascending or descending from your tree stand. Assembly is also easy, the build quality top of the line and usable even in the most extreme conditions. Let’s check it out, shall we?
Designed to give you excellent traction in wet conditions
When it comes to design innovation, there’s no way you could go wrong with this climbing stick. It includes double spaced serrated ladder rings which ensure you get maximum tractions even in wet and slippery conditions.
To add icing on the cake, something else that makes this the best climbing stick is the precise forward angle design which improves safety while at the same time reducing fatigue while climbing up your stand.
The all-steel design gets you stability and durability
Besides the forward angle design, this climbing stick boasts an all-steel construction which is designed to support a lot of weight without giving in. in a nutshell, you can have the utmost confidence while using this to get on your tree stand with ease without succumbing to a fall.
Engineered to give you hassle-free assembly
As far as putting it together is concerned, you won’t be needing any tools to do so. At the same time, it includes ratchet straps for each section which ensure safety, has got rubber-coated D-rings that eliminate sound and there is also a base plate included which adds on to the stability.
- The double spaced ladder rungs give you maximum traction
- Has got a forward angle design that reduces fatigue and improves safety
- Comes in an all-steel design that gives you the best stability on every step
- It’s a little too loud
Ameristep 20-Feet Climbing Stick
Setting this bad boy up is quite easy considering it gets you as much as 20 feet. Well, besides that, it’s designed to support quite a lot of weight and the collapsible design makes it easy to move around. Let’s find out what it packs under the hood, shall we?
The angled step design guarantees utmost safety while climbing
With safety being the most important aspect in any outdoor activity, the angled steps you get included on this one ensure that you don’t miss a step on your way up the tree stand or as you climb down the same. To add icing on the cake, it also comes with cinching straps that measure 1’ long and as such, safety is ensured.
It’s also worth mentioning that with this climbing stick, you get an amazing weight limit of 300 lbs. which makes it suitable for use by most hunters
Collapsible to allow for easy transportation
Something else that blew my mind on this climbing stick is the collapsible design. While assembled, it measures 20 feet long but you can have it broken down to smaller sections which can then be transported with the utmost ease. Speaking of assembly, you must ensure the steps are alternating while you put it together. Doing otherwise will force you to reassemble it all over again
Comfortable climbing is ensured by the tree braces
Last but not least, you sure are going to appreciate the tree braces which serve two purposes. First, they ensure that the climbing stick is held in place with the cinching straps. Secondly, the braces are included to ensure that your feet get enough clearance so you won’t compromise your footing
- The angled steps ensure you get a high level of safety
- Comes with cinching straps and has for 300 lbs. weight rating
- The tree braces also ensure that you get enough foot clearance
- The alternating steps take some getting used to in the dark
Millennium Treestands M210 Stick Climber
Among other things, one of the features that make this climbing stick stand out from the rest is the smart construction which ensues utmost durability. Additionally, with the height being an amazing 20 feet, you couldn’t go wrong with this one whatsoever.
Safety is ensured by the included cam buckle strap
At the end of the day, this is every hunter’s concern and it’s because of this that you’ll be getting a 7-foot cam buckle strap. As it turns out, you can count on this to be a good enough climbing stick even on the extra-large trees.
Since this climbing stick is 20 feet high, you’ll be needing all the safety you can get which makes the cam buckle strap convenient. For the weight limit, it can be able to hold persons that weigh as much as 300 pounds whereas the climbing stick itself weighs 17 pounds
Get durability at its best with the sturdy steel design
As mentioned earlier, smart construction makes this stand out from most climbing sticks in its class. With this, you’ll be getting a steelTough climbing stick which, at the same time is lightweight and as such it will be no trouble to move around with.
Additionally, to ensure you get the utmost durability from this climbing stick, there’s a powder coat finish that prevents corrosion.
Designed to give you enough foot room for ensured security
It’s not a good enough climbing stick if you don’t have complete safety, right? Besides the 7-foot cam buckle strap, yet another feature you’ll highly appreciate is the dual top steps that add on to the security. To add icing on the cake, this climbing stick also comes with standoffs which ensure you get plenty of boot room as you climb
- Includes a 7-foot cam buckle strap for added security
- Has got a powder coat finish that ensures years of service
- Features a 300-pound weight limit and weighs 17 pounds for easy transportation
- Though secure, it’s a little too noisy when getting on and off
EBBQ Lone Wolf Climbing Stick, Brown
From the included pivoting V brackets to the quiet and easy to use design, you’ll be getting pretty much everything you need from this climbing stick. It also boasts an ample weight limit which makes it usable by most. That being said, let’s have a look at what it packs under the hood.
Designed to match the natural contour of the tree
With the fit to the tree being a feature that’s overlooked on some climbing sticks, it’s not the case with this one since it comes with pivoting V-brackets that can be adjusted to match the contour of trees. This way, you can have the utmost confidence that this bad boy won’t subject you to the risk of falling off.
Comes with strap extension to fit on most trees
Compatibility is a priority when choosing climbing sticks and because of this, the EBBQ Lone Wolf Climbing Stick is designed to fit trees of a diameter between 4 and 22 inches. This is made possible by the included strap extensions. Regarding the weight limit, it should be eligible for use by persons that weigh a maximum of 350 pounds.
Get the ease of use at its best with the reversible steps
Last but not least, this bad boy features a one of a kind design such that it’s possible to reverse the steps which makes it easy to use. As for the dimensions, a single stick length is 32″ and the distance between the steps is 15″
- Boasts a reversible step design
- Comes with pivoting V-brackets to match the tree’s contour
- Includes a 350-pound weight rating
- You can only climb with one hand/foot per step
Summit Treestands The Vine Climbing Stick, 23′, Tan
Designed for the athletic hunters and anyone looking for a design that stands out from the rest, this tree stand from Summit allows you to swiftly and safely find your way to your stand. Most importantly, among other things, you won’t have to worry about slipping off. Let’s check it out, shall we?
Boasts a natural vine shape to make climbing easy
Form my years of using different hunting equipment, ease of use has always been a priority and its because of this that I find this bad boy quite amazing. to make climbing a breeze, it comes with innovative ladders steps that ensure you get a secure feel similar to that of a dual post-construction. This way, you won’t have to worry about losing your footing whatsoever.
Designed to give you concealment at its best.
Other than the safety, I also did find the fluid bends unique. The since post design mimics tree vines which makes this climbing stick harder to notice by your prey as compared to conventional climbing sticks.
Boasts a sturdy yet functional design
With this bad boy, you’ll be getting 4 sections that give you a total of 23 feet of climbing height. Additionally, the weight limit is 260 lbs. which should be able to support most hunters in their adventures.
- The innovative ladder designs give you a secure feel
- Concealment is ensured by the tree vine design
- Features a weight limit of 260 lbs.
- It’s a little too heavy for transportation
Big Game Quick-Stick Climbing System CS050
With safety, stealth, and ease of use being the main areas of concern on this bad boy, it’s everything you need if you’ll be hunting from your tree stand. How about we take a look at what it packs under the hood?
Slippage is prevented by the angled step design
The last thing you’d want to happen is to lose your footing, right? Well, one of the features that make this the best climbing stick for you is the alternating angled steps with which you’ll always have a sure footing. This way, climbing the 20’ of height to your stand will be easy enough.
Utmost security is ensured by the cam buckle straps
In addition to the sure footing, yet another feature you’ll appreciate is the additional security from the cam buckle straps. These should conveniently be able to secure all the five sleeved sections to prevent any falls while going up or down from your stand.
Easily collapsible for friendly transportation
If you’ll be moving around with this, the 20-pound weight it comes in won’t be any trouble to move around with. To add icing on the cake, besides being this light, it’s got a weight rating of 300 pounds and as such can be used by most.
- Security is ensured by the cam buckle straps
- Features an overall weight of 20 pounds for easy transportation
- Has got angled steps that ensure a sure footing
- The sticks are a little bit staggered.
Big Dog 20′ Double-Step Climbing Stick
From the steel design to a height long enough for the best hunting experience, this tree stands climbing stick is going to be a worthy addition to your set of hunting accessories. Here’s what you ought to look forward to.
Designed to make climbing easy enough
First things first, this hunting climbing stick features angled double steps which are designed to make climbing easy. to add icing on the cake, it also comes with extended tree braces that hold it securely in place and also give you enough foot room for safe climbing.
Durability is ensured by the all-steel construction
For the build quality, you’ll be getting an all-steel construction and in addition to this, the steps on either side are welded to give you safe climbing. Considering it’s got 5 pinned sections each of which measures 4 feet, there’s no way you could go wrong with this bad boy.
Security is enhanced by the included straps
Last but not least, yet another feature that makes this the best climbing stick is the 5 looped button straps that securely hold it in place.
- Climbing is made easy by the angled double steps
- Features an all-steel construction and extended braces
- Comes with 5 looped button straps
- You might have to reinforce It with ratchet straps
What to consider when choosing a hunting climbing stick
There’s quite a lot of advantages you’ll be getting from purchasing a climbing stick which we’ll look at later on but first, let’s see what you should watch out for before investing in one of these bad boys.
The noise levels.
From my personal experience, there are rules to hunting which I normally like to adhere to and one of the most important ones is stealth.
One thing you should always have in mind is that our prey has much better senses than ours so spooking them is the last thing you’ll want to do. This being the case, you should ensure the climbing stick is as silent as possible and if possible, it shouldn’t make any noise at all.
Still, on that note, it’s important to realize that not all hunting climbing sticks are the same and as such, you should go through the user manual thoroughly. Sometimes, the problem is not really with the climbing stick itself but it may arise from incorrect setup.
Strength should be a priority when choosing a climbing stick which is why you should pay attention to the type of material you got on yours. The best climbing sticks are normally made of high-quality steel that’s got a powdered finish which prevents corrosion while at the same time maintaining the stick’s strength and integrity.
The downside to getting steel models is that they’re a little too expensive so not anyone could afford one. If this is the case, you could invest in a high-quality climbing stick made of aluminum instead which aren’t as heavy-duty as steel brands but they’ll cost much less.
Ease of use
As we’ve mentioned earlier on, how you use a climbing stick is really important. The general rule of thumb when it comes to this is that the more straightforward the user manual is, the better off you are.
I’d recommend that you get a climbing stick with ratchet straps since these give the user an additional level of safety while you install them. Alternatively, you can use compression straps that are easier to use but on the downside, they can’t be as solid as the ratchet straps.
Portability and functionality
Though strength should be a priority when choosing a climbing stick, yet another feature you should pay attention to is ensuring each section of the stick is easy to fold and transport. It’s also important that you get a flexible climbing stick since this makes it easier to locate the stat the moment you spot an ideal hunting location for animals.
At the same time, ensure that the climbing stick gets as high as you would want it to. Most hunting sticks will have an average height of up to 25 feet. Even so, it’s important to only go for a height that will serve YOU best
Advantages of using a climbing stick for hunting
An alternative to the climbing sticks is the screw-in tree steps which though functional lost a few points to the climbing sticks from a side by side comparison. Let’s find out what these are, shall we?
As compared to the tree steps, climbing sticks are much easier to set up in just simple steps since you won’t have to hang on a harness for long. Additionally, you won’t be needing any tools provided you have all the parts in place
As I already mentioned earlier, our prey has much better senses than we do have which makes gives them the upper hand already. Climbing sticks are normally camouflaged which makes them hard to see.
To add icing on the cake, you won’t have to worry about making a lot of noise while transporting climbing sticks and as such, you won’t spook animals or alert other hunters of your location.
A rope and strap are all you need to install a climbing stick. You’ll simply just have to tie the strap or rope around the tree trunk and push the steps in to lock. With a tree step, however, you’ll have to tear into the tree before you can screw them into place.
Safer to use
All you got to do is lock the tree straps into the tree and that’s it which, as it turns out, is generally safer as compared to screw-in tree steps. Considering the three steps are screwed in, it’s really easy for them to puncture your legs or worse if you happen to slip from your tree stand accidentally.
It’s time to wrap things up and call it a day but from both the buying guide and product reviews, it can be agreed that a climbing stick is a must-have for any hunting who’ll be hunting from a tree stand. There’s not much when it comes to these since all you got to do is realize the perfect size with enough strength and you’ll be good to go.
From the reviews above, I’d recommend that you get the Guide Gear 20’ climbing sticks which are easy to transport and assemble plus they got an ample amount of stability. Additionally, they do have a 300 lbs. weight capacity and as such, they can be used by most.