Failure to plan appropriately could be dangerous.....or fatal.
Most of us hunt off the ground.....it`s almost a non-thought anymore. We trudge to our tree, climb a ladder stand, climb our screw-in`s, or climbing sticks to our chain-on stand, or, we use our climber to get up the tree that offers us our best chance to get a shot at a buck.
We all, or at least, most of us, tie-off once we get up into our stand. We`ve all, by now, heard the horror stories about the guys who fell from their stand, and were found dead at the base of their tree. Or, the guys who fell, were tied off to the tree, but were found dead anyway. A victim of not being prepared to recover from a fall.
Ok, regardless of the type of stand you use, you`re up off the ground, maybe still assending towards your stands platform, or maybe you`re up in your stand, and the unthinkable happens....your stand gives way beneath you.....now what?
Even if you`re tied off to your tree, have you considered what happens IF you find yourself out of your stand and hanging by your teather?
I`d love to hear what YOUR plan is, should you fall.
More than that, my hunting buddy and I discovered a device called the Life Line by Hunter Safety Systems. We both have the Hunter Safety Systems Vest anyway, but we hunt mostly out of ladder stands, so, thought we didn`t need any fall-protection until we got up in the stand. My buddy had a close call when an old ladder stand folded in on the ladder one afternoon as he was climbing up. It was a wake-up call for us both.
The life-line system uses a prussic knot on the life line, and it keeps you safe from the moment you leave the ground to the moment you come back down.
The cost of this system in nominal, and is MUCH less than an Emergency Room visit, or worse. Even if this isn`t the system you decide on, do some research, and choose SOME safety system to protect yourself and keep yourself safe. People who love you are counting on you to come back to them.