I have been wanting to share a story about a short little hunting outing that could have went terribly wrong for me, but because I was properly connected to a Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline when I slipped that cold grey October afternoon, I’m here to share my story with you.
I Was Saved By The Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline
A winter storm was moving on this particular October afternoon in Kansas and I had just gotten home from work and had only a couple of hours to hunt. I was planning on hunting a stand that we call “The Horn Donkey Stand” where a couple of years ago I filmed my good buddy shooting a potential Kansas state record typical with a bow. You can follow that link to read about that once in a lifetime hunt.
As I made my way to the stand the wind was blowing pretty hard and it was starting to lightly snow. I mostly have to hunt by myself or not hunt at all, and not hunting just isn’t an option for me. I got to the base of the tree and tied all my gear on the ropes to pull it up once in the tree. Then I connected my safety harness vest tether to the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline and up I went.
The big oak the stand is in is really tricky getting up and down the tree to and from the stand. It’s just one of those trees that you have to do a little maneuvering to get in and out of. The stand is about 25 feet high and on the side of a hill, so I had bought a Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline to stay safe from the time you leave the ground until you safely get back to earth.
I finally got in the stand and got all my gear up, I film all my hunts so I always have quite a bit of gear. I saw a nice buck right before dark but wasn’t able to get a shot and then waited until it was good and dark to start down. What I didn’t realize was during the hunt the snow was actually ice and the tree now had a coat of ice on it.
As I was lowering my camera to the ground I had to step on a big limb in order to keep my camera from hitting the base of the tree. When I stepped on the big ice covered limb I suddenly lost my footing and my feet slid right out from under me and the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline Prussic knot caught and did it’s job and I swung against the tree and was able to get my feet back under me and was able to keep my camera from banging against the tree or dropping to the ground. Just then I realized that the $40 or $50 I spent on the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline was the best $40 or $50 investment I had ever made, and had just possibly saved my life. I confidently made my way down the tree and when I got back on the ground I said a prayer and made my way back to the house.
Now I am the proud owner of 5 of the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifelines. I have some stands that I don’t use them but all of my stands that are high up or the least bit tricky I will not hunt without a Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline.
I am in no way affiliated with Hunter Safety System but had to share this story with you, in hopes that I can help prevent one hunter being injured or killed by falling from a treestand. I highly recommend the Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline to all hunters who hunt from an elevated stand. Don’t think it can’t happen to you, it only takes one slip to change your life forever. Hunt safe everyone.