Caution is paramount in avoiding falls from treestands

Treestand safety is a sometimes overlooked aspect of deer hunting. We focus on scouting and all the other aspects of the sport. Sometimes we give only passive attention to safety to getting into, staying on, and getting out of the stand. We injure fewer bowhunter each year. The figures are a combination of actual falls and injuries incurred by mistakes in installing the stand itself.

There are some precautions to reduce those numbers even more. The Treestand Manufacturers Association has taken to lead in development of programs and equipment that will aid in that effort.

Treestand Safety according to Treestand Manufacturers Association

1. Always wear a Fall-Arrest System (FAS)/Full Body Harness even during ascent and descent.

2. Always read and understand the makers warnings and instructions before use of the stand. Practice with the stand nearer the ground. Keep the warnings and instructions for future review and reference.

3. Never exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer.

4. Inspect the stand and FAS for signs of wear or damage before each use.

5. Practice in the FAS in the presence of a responsible adult prior to usein it in and elevated position.

6. Install the FAS in a manner and method outlined by the manufacturer.

7. Hunt with a plan and if possible with a buddy. Let other know where you plan to hunt and how long you will be gone.

8. Carry emergency signal devices such as a whistle, flashlight, a cell phone, etc with you or near you at all time. Watch for changes in weather. In the event of an accident, remain clam and get help immediately.

9. Select a proper tree for use of the stand and FAS. Follow recommendations as to size and condition of the tree. When descending lower equipment on the opposite side from you.

10. Know your physical limitations. Do not climb when physically or mentally impaired. Do not climb to heights where you are uncomtable.

11. Do not use homemade or permanently elevated stands or one that has been modified against the recommendations of the manufacturer.

12. Do not hurry. Do not work more that 12 inches at a time and move slowly. Make sure you have proper contact with the tree. With ladder stands always maintain three points of contact with each step.


Posted 08/19/2011 by Donald Gasaway in Bowhunting, Hunting Big Game

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3 responses to “TREESTAND SAFETY

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  1. thanks for posting! These are some great reminders as we approach hunting season.

    • Thanks Scott, I think it is an important issue. I have a friend who fell from his treestand two years ago and still is in pain and wears a brace. He had a safety restraint system harness but was only going to be out for a couple of hours and did not think it necessary to wear it. I have a couple of other stories on this subject coming up next week. Don

  2. Pingback: Tree Stand Safety: Protecting Yourself from Yourself | Northeast Hunting - New England's Premier Hunting & Firearms Blog

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