Know the Laws!
Ignorance is not acceptable if you want to be an ethical hunter. NYS DEC regulations can be found on the website by clicking HERE.
DON't RISK IT!
Here is a good example of an accident waiting to happen. It is important to maintain your tree stands. Often hunters will find old stands as the one pictured. DO NOT USE THEM! Clearly this tree stand is not safe to use. Often times it is not as apparent. Even a newer style ladder stand can be unsafe if not properly secured. As a general rule if you did not maintain a tree stand then stay out.
Tree Stand Safety Notes: