A story appearing on dallasnews.com about
the risks of tree stand hunting (Falls Represent Over-Looked Risks for Hunters), cited
the Deer & Deer Hunting reader survey on treestand accidents. From the
The most dangerous thing about archery hunting is not the razor sharp blade attached
to the end of a hunting arrow. It’s not the wooden, fiberglass or metal bow that creates
enormous torque when flexed to full draw. Gravity is the most dangerous thing about
Falls from elevated stands constitute the majority of bowhunting injuries and
likewise present a serious risk to all deer hunters when traditional Texas seasons
open in November. Nobody knows how many hunters are hurt in falls from elevated stands.
The injuries are often not reported as hunting accidents. Few such falls have shown
up on official Texas statistics.
A 2005-06 Georgia study found that 54 percent of all hunting accidents reported
that season were tree stand accidents (28), and two resulted in fatalities.
Readers responding to a survey by Deer & Deer Hunting magazine reported
that more than one-third had fallen from a tree stand or while climbing up or down.
About 3 percent of the falls resulted in crippling injuries. A six-year Pennsylvania
study by medical researchers found 280 hunters who received medical treatment following
falls. Six of them died.