Ladder stands can be big or small, heavy or light, tall or short. To pick the right one, it’s important to determine if you will be hunting by yourself or with a companion. Single ladder stands are lighter and easier to set into place, so are ideal if you will always be going solo. A two-man ladder stand, or “buddy” stand, allows you to take along a companion—perfect for introducing new hunters to the sport. If you’re not sure, the double stand is your best choice. You can still use one by yourself, but you can also have a partner with you. One important note: While ladder stands with rails are very safe pieces of equipment, hunters should always wear a quality safety harness anytime they are hunting from an elevated platform.