Tree stands give hunters visibility and camouflage, but can be dangerous.
When Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he was giving firefighting advice, but those sage words apply to tree stand safety as well. Falls from tree stands are the leading cause of hunting injuries in many southeastern states.
By following these simple safety tips, hunters can prevent a fall from a tree stand that could result in injury or even death.
By planning ahead, practicing how to return safely to your stand and having a rescue plan, you can avoid additional problems.
Here are a few other helpful hints to make your elevated stand hunting safe.
Remember that early morning dew can make footing slippery, and keep in mind the “three points of contact rule” — either two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot should always stay in contact with the ladder or climbing device. Blood flow to the legs can be a problem during extended time in the tree stand, so use a suspension relief device or techniques like pushing your legs against the tree.
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