Back in 1993, Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine conducted the first survey on tree-stand safety in North America. This ground-breaking study revealed that 1 in 3 hunters had fallen from a tree at some point in their lives. It not only underscored the stark reality of hunting from high places, it changed the way tree stands were made and improved safety efforts.
Now 20 years later, hunters are overall more safety conscious when hunting and scouting. However, falls still happen — even when hunters take all the necessary precautions. This is highly evident in the following GRAPHIC video clip posted online.
If you want to learn how to prevent falls, be sure to read everything you can about your tree stand, your safety equipment, and proper hunting procedures.
3. Never exceed the weight limit of the treestand. This limit includes all of the gear you bring to the stand with you, not just your body weight.
4. Wear a full-body harness. The days of lap-style belts are long gone. If you’re going to hunt from above, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to invest in a quality harness.
5. If you are new to bowhunting, take a class. Learn the best ways to stay safe. Don’t guess. Learn from an experienced hunter.
Want to learn more? Download and watch this complete episode of Deer & Deer Hunting TV that shows everything you’ll need to know to get started to safer hunting.