Graphic Video: Bowhunter Falls 22 Feet from Treestand

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.

Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 8.19.25 AMAlthough we can’t be 100 percent safe when hunting from above, we can do a lot to make sure we come home safe. Here are 5 tips for staying safe:

1. Remember safety when hanging treestands. Always be clipped on to a safety line from the time you leave the ground until the time you climb back down from your stand.

2. Buy treestands that are certified. The Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA) has stringent tests for all types of hunting stands.

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.

Deer and Deer Hunting TV episode on treestand safety

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.



One thought on “Graphic Video: Bowhunter Falls 22 Feet from Treestand

  1. Myakka Chuck

    I would like to know more about how this accident happened. Without more info, it is a bit difficult to learn a lesson from this man’s experience. He says in the video that his safety harness broke. Was it an old harness? Did he exceed it’s weight limit (he doesn ‘t look that big)? Was he hanging the stand or was he standing on it and it collapsed? Also, more prurient questions like: how did his scalp get damaged? Did he hit the stand, his bow, an arrow, or a sharp stick on the ground? It sounded like he had a compound fracture when the ambulance was coming and couldn’t walk but then the vid showed him walking out to the ambulance. A bit more of the story would be interesting and beneficial to those of us who like hanging around up in trees SAFELY.

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