It’s that time of year to move or hang treestands in our prime locations. Things might have changed since last year and that stand location isn’t as promising as it was last season. For properties and locations that allow screw-in treesteps, I’ve come up with a wrench that is not only handy for screwing steps into trees, but works great for removing them.
To make the wrench, you’ll need:
- A foot long piece of 1″ X 3/4″ square metal tubing,
- A 2 1/2″ X 3/8″ carriage bolt (I like an unthreaded shank best ) with a corresponding nut,
- 27/64″ and 3/8″ drill bits and
- A drill
Drill a 3/8″ hole about an inch from the end of the tubing and a 27/64″ hole a few inches higher as shown in the photo. The larger hole (the 27/64″) will fit over the foot of the step, and the bolt will fit through the smaller hole.
With the step inserted through the larger hole and the carriage bolt lip snugged up to “catch” the step, the rounded lip will slide nicely over the tree bark as the step is screwed into the tree. If you have a tap and die set, the square tubing may be threaded to fit the carriage bolt; if not, a nut on each side of the bolt will anchor it securely against the tubing.
To help start or remove the step, place the open end of the wrench over it as shown in the photo above. If you have steps that won’t fit into the open end of the wrench, simply lay the wrench parallel against the step and use it for leverage to push or pull as needed.
Here are some safety tips when using treesteps. I’m sure there are more, but remember to be “Safety Smart” when using screw-in treesteps:
- Check local laws and regulations.
- Secure landowner permission if hunting private land.
- Without fail, use a safety rope while ascending and descending the steps.
- Never place steps into dead or dying trees.
- Inspect steps to make sure they are secure, especially if not removed at season’s end.
- Make certain that steps fit flush against the tree.
- Place steps so that you step down onto your stand.