1. Seat Section Rear Locking Rail
2. Seat Section Side Rails
3. Shooter/Safety Adjustment Bar
4. ShooterfSafety Bar
5. Lower Seat Rail
6. Hang-Bar Support
6. Platform Adjustment Bar
10. Waist Safety Belt
11. Shoulder Straps
12. Climbing-Aid Rear Locking Rail
13. Shoulder Strap Cord
14. Hinged Extender
INSTRUCTIONS ARE FROM OUR BROCHURE. THEY WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER
LOOK AT THE STAND AND ITS SIMPLE SET-UP. THE VIDEO THAT IS INCLUDED
WITH THE STAND SHOWS GREAT DETAILS ABOUT ALL PHASES OF DOC'S
#1 Place stand on ground with Platform
down. Unbuckle Safety strap (10)
Slide the plastic tri-glides on the Shoulder Straps(11)
down to loosing the straps. (You should never need to
take the straps out of the tri-glides). Remove climbing-Aid
Rear Locking Rail (12) by pulling the pins. (Note that
pins also go into holes in Seat Section Side Rails for
backpacking). Remove it from the Shoulder Strap loops.
Mount the Climbing-Aid on the tree with the 2 pins as
shown. The starting angle on the tree should be about
10 to 20 degrees from horizontal. The angle will increase
during climbing due to the taper of the tree.
With Recliner on its side, swing the Shooter/Safety Bar
(4) into position. Install the 2 pins. When inserting
the pin at the ground, lift the stand with one hand and
insert the pin with the other hand. You do not need to
turn the stand over. (Note the pins were stored in the
Side Rails (2) for backpacking).
Now swing the Platform (9) into position and put the 2
pins, (one on each side) into the center of 5 adjustment
holes. (See #12 for pin insertion details). You will find
a plastic plug in the Seat Rails to keep you from installing
the platform pins in the wrong holes. the plugged holes
are used when the accessory wheels are installed.
Pull the Safety Belt (10) to the front of the stand and
let the Shoulder Straps (11) hang ove the sides of the
Remove the pins and Rear Locking Rail (1). Push the stand
against the tree by holding Lower Seat Rail (5) with one
hand. Install the Rear Locking Rail with the other hand
and insert the 2 pins. If tree is too large to reach both
pins, insert one, go around tree to install other pin.
The stand will not fall if one pin is in. (Note the 2
adjustment holes in each Side Rail. By alternating holes,
stand is adjustable in 1" increments. Refer to #12
for proper stand angle).
Secure Cords (13) on the Shoulder Straps (11) to Climbing-
Aid as shown. If tree is large, put cords inside the Rear
Locking Rail (12). ALWAYS USE THE CORDS
PUT ON SAFETY BELT (10). NEVER CLIMB OR HUNT WITHOUT IT!
Flip 3" Comfort Cushion over Lower Seat Rail toward
platform. To climb up or down tree, face tree while straddling
Sling Seat. Sit on Lower Seat Rail and put your toes into
the Hinged Extender (14). Climbing is accomplished by
SITTING to raise or lower the Climbing-Aid and STANDING
to raise or lower the Seat Section.
To move from climbing mode to hunting mode, and while
still facing tree in a sitting position, ALWAYS place
heels on back edge of Platform
After BOTH heels are on the edge, stand up and step over
the Lower Seat Rail. Flip cushion into seat and set down.
To descend, stand on Platform and face tree. Step over
Lower Seat Rail to back edge of Platform once again, and
sit down. Pull Climbing-Aid into position for standing
The designed angle for Doc's Recliner is 37 degrees from
horizontal. This is the proper angle for hunting, which
means you must take the tree's taper into consideration
when setting up the stand. This takes practice with any
climbing stand. If you missed the designed angle and the
platform is not level, it may be leveled by putting your
toes under the outside corners of the Platform and lifting
just enough to take the weight off the adjustment pins.
Completely remove both the pins and adjust the level.
(Remember, the pins are permanently attached to the stand,
so you don't need to worry about dropping them). Install
the pins in their appropriate holes making sure they go
all the way through the Adjustment Bars (8), Hang-Bar
Supports (6) and Hang-Bars (7). You will not be able to
see the Hang-Bar inner holes, but by moving the platform
up and down a little with your feet, the pins will find
the holes. With just a few practice adjustments of the
Platform, you will quickly find that it is so easy to
level, that the stands angle on the tree is not critical.
The designed angle of 37 degrees from horizontal can be
missed by 25 degrees and the Platform can still be quickly
adjusted to level.
HINTS FOR PACKING UP TO BACKPACK:
Once the stand is off the tree, put the Safety Belt
to the back of the stand as it was. Store the pins in
the holes they came from. Lay the Safety Belt flat on
the ground and but the stand on it with the Platform
down as shown in the first picture, step #1. Make sure
Shoulder Straps are not tangled with Shooter/Safety
Bar or Platform. Install the Climbing-Aid Rear Locking
Rail at the 2nd set of holes. Install the pins making
sure they go all the way into the Seat Section Side
Rail holes, (These holes keep the Climbing-Aid from
slipping while backpacking). Buckle the Safety Belt
around the stand and you're ready to go. Don't forget
the Seat Section Rear Locking Rail. These steps may
seem complicated if you don't have a stand to look at,
but once you know the stand, it can EASILY be set up
or down in under 3 minutes.
all tree stands have similarities, the combined features
and mechanics ot Doc's Recliner is unique. To compare
with other designs, please click "Differences"
from the menu.