Saved Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline

The Hunter Safety System Treestand Lifeline saved my life.

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.


Kansas Monster Buck Classic Big Deer Heaven

Kansas Monster Buck Classic

2014 Kansas Monster Buck Classic

It’s time once again for the third annual Kansas Monster Buck Classic, and this years show promises to be a great event. The show will be held in Topeka Kansas January 24-26 at the ExpoCentre.  You need to try and make it to this years show if you love big deer. There will be a lot of great activities and great vendors and plenty of fun activities for the children. It should be a great show for all of those who love deer hunting.

Kansas Monster Buck Classic

Professional Hunter Appearances and Headliners

  • Michael Hunsucker from the hit TV show Heartland Bowhunter that airs on The Outdoor Channel.
  • Jessie Duff Recognized as one of the most accomplished competition shooters in the world.Matt and Jesse Duff
  • Matt Duff is a former Major League baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals, and is an owner and co-host of Major League Bowhunter the hit TV show that airs on The Outdoor Channel. Matt and his wife Jessie Co-host Friends of the NRA on the Outdoor Channel.
  • Theresa Vail Miss Kansas 2013
  • Grant Woods World renowned whitetail biologist and Growing Deer Tv Host
  • Dan Thurston from the Outdoor Channel hit tv show Drury’s Bow Madness that airs on Thursday nights.Dan Thurston Bow Madness
  • Zac Cooper “Little Man Big Dreams”
  • Torry Cook World Champion Predator caller and speaker
  • Steven Fuller Host of “The Huntin Grounds”
  • Marian Kincaid of the TV series “Mudcats”

Event Times
Friday: 3 PM – 9 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 7 PM Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Event Admission: Paid admission good for the entire weekend so attendees can come and go as they please! Every paid general admission will receive a wristband that must stay attached to arm to be good for all weekend. Buy your tickets at the box office when you arrive at the ExpoCentre.
Children 8 and under: Free 14 and over: $12.00 Youth (9 – 13): $8.00
Active and Veteran Military: $8.00 – Active or Veteran Military ID required at time of admission.
Group/Corporate Ticket Pricing available. For group sales contact Brian Smith at 479-409-6252 or

There will be many different great attractions and a fan favorite is the Monster Buck Contest. There are sure to be some huge Kansas bucks brought in again this year. Can anyone dethrone the current kings? It will sure be fun to see.

Monster Buck Classic main event will happen at 2PM on Sunday.
Friday: 3 PM – 9 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 7 PM Sunday: 10AM-Noon


  • Hunting Film Tour
  • The Antler Collector The world’s largest free range shed collection
  • Kids Zone
  • .H.E. Kids Bow
  • Tim Wright and the Pellet Range
  • The Monster Buck Classic tattoo parlor
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism Laser Shot
  • Russel Whiles Paintball Target (small cost to play)
  • Red Neck blind a day giveaway
  • and many others

As you can see it is going to be a great show so come on out and bring the family and friends and help us make this years show better than ever. We hope to see you there.

For more information please visit the official website for the Kansas Monster Buck Classic.

Whitetail Season Successful No Big Buck

whitetail seasonWell this whitetail season has been a good one for me here in Kansas, even though I haven’t been able to get that big buck on the ground with my bow. I have seen as many as sixteen different nice racked bucks but I have only seen one really nice buck that I would have shot given the chance.

Whitetail Season

early whitetail season

I have filmed several young but promising bucks at very close range but the one big boy I saw was locked down with a doe about one hundred yards across a field and just would not leave the doe he was with to come to the many different calls I used to try and lure him into bow range. Having a very busy work schedule during the rut didn’t help me at all and the the moon phase during the rut  seemed to really have the big boys moving at night and has made for a tough deer season. I had three bucks on my hit list as of early October, but since that time I have not gotten any trail camera pictures of any of those three shooters on my hit list. I hope they make it through the season if I’m not able to get one on the ground by the end of the Kansas whitetail season.

I was able to film myself shooting a big Kansas doe with my bow on Thanksgiving morning, my freezer was empty and I needed to get some meat to help feed my family. She was a big beautiful doe with a very light tan coat and white patches on all of her feet. I have many trail camera pictures of her and had told myself if given the chance I would take her.

Not having a single shooter on my trail cameras since early October has been very puzzling to me and frustrating but I have continued to hunt hard in hopes of catching a big buck cruising looking for does on the 120 acre tract that I hunt here in northeast Kansas. Now that the rut is pretty much winding down and we are having some really cold weather I am focusing on late season food sources. As I write this it is about 17 degrees and snowing, the deer really need carbohydrates to stay warm so I will be hunting somewhere close to corn. If you have late season food sources this time of year it can be a huge advantage to set up near those food sources.

How has your deer hunting been? Have you gotten any whitetails this year? Even though I haven’t been able to take a big buck, I consider this whitetail season to be a success. Just being able to see so many bucks at such close range and be able to film them and to take a big Kansas doe has made it a fun year, anytime I spend in the woods away from the rat race is time well spent. Just to see the sun come up on a cold crisp November morning is a blessing, and one that I will always love.

Send us those pictures of your whitetail season and share your success stories with us, we’d love to hear them. Thanks for stopping by and an early Merry Christmas everyone.