Every year we hear about someone being injured falling from a tree stand while deer hunting. There are some things that you can do yourself to ensure it never happens to you when climbing your stand to ensure tree stand safety.
I myself am very lucky, when I was around fourteen years old I was building a permanent stand in the fork of a tree, in the rain no less, and fell about seven feet and landed in the fork of the tree. I was scouting some land near my dads house and had found signs of some big bucks. I immediately went and got the wood, hammer, and nails, and started building. In a light drizzle I’m up in this tree leaning around nailing, with my feet on the big steel spikes I had driven into the tree. I was making good progress and the in a spit second I fell, I was stuck in the fork of the tree, it knocked the breath out of me and scratched me and bruised me up pretty good. It hurt bad. I was able to get myself down without any further damage and went back to my dads house which was a long way through the woods. I easily could have been paralyzed that day. I know it was stupid but it happened so fast. I never returned to build that stand. I learned a lesson that day, but I was one of the lucky ones, it could have been much worse.
Tree Stand Safety
There are some things that you need to think about before climbing when deer hunting stand.
- Always read the instructions and warnings that come with your stand. Save them and read them every year before using your stand.
- Always know the weight limit and never exceed that limit.
- Use every safety device provided with your stand.
- Wear a fall arrest system full body harness. Single belts and chest straps are not recommended. Inspect your fall arrest for wear or damage. Hunting is fun but can be dangerous.
- Practice hanging at ground level in your full body harness, before going to the woods. To get the feel of it. So you will learn what it is like to have to hang suspended. Use the harness exactly as the directions say.
- Always let someone know where you are going to be hunting.
- Hunt with a buddy if at all possible. Although I know for me sometimes the only time I can hunt is by myself.
- Take a cell phone with you, a walkie talkie, whistle, flashlight. Keep them within reach always while in the tree.
- Put your stand on the proper tree for your tree-stand. A healthy tree that is straight and that fits within the size limits of your stand.
- Use a rope to pull your gear and bow or unloaded gun up. Don’t ever climb with anything in your hands.
- Always lower your gear down on the other side of where you will be climbing down.
- Know your limits. Don’t be in a hurry when climbing or descending.
- Don’t extend but about a foot at a time.
- Make sure the stand has a good bite on the tree on every move.
- When climbing a ladder always keep three points of contact at all times.
Deer hunting big bucks is dedicated to helping teach safety in the woods when hunting. And hopefully you will hunt safe.