I Have a piece of carpeting cut to the size and shape of my platform that i leave there, When i get to it and it has snow or ice on it, i just toss it off , or fold it and stuff it in a tree crotch if available and hunt on a dry platform.
If the carpet is dry or just wet, i stand on it.
I actually thought of taking some steel wool and a 9 volt battery out there to "thaw it" out. I don't think it really matters though,, when it gets really cold, that metal will crrrreeeeeeakkkk, not matter what I do.
I second the carpet idea. I was able to use an entrance pad. Pick one up at almost any hardware. Or a carpet sample. However I use a twist tie to secure it so the wind doesnt blow it off.
As for the Ice on the pole ladder, use a climbing harness. Hopefully you will feel that and be able to remove it before you feet find it. I thought about the spray windshield deicer but it stinks.
i hunted out of a hang on stand and was very nervous when standing with ice below my feet( bowhunting) i took out a ziplock bag full of table salt next time i went out and it worked perfect. took a little zoking from hunting partners but couple days later i shot a nice doe.
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