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Death by Safety Harness?!

by Bow Staff 20. January 2011 03:57
Bow Staff

As our hunting seasons draw to a close throughout the North American continent many of us will be further evaluating our safety gear choices. Each year it seems, we are always hearing news of another member of our hunting family needlessly falling to their untimely deaths from a failure to either wear or properly wear a safety harness.

At Bowhunting.Com we are committed to always promoting treestand safety. This begins the moment you begin your climb and ends only when you have fully descended down. Below, is a reminder for us all on the risks we take each fall. These risks can affect our families forever, so it is of utmost importance that you read below and understand the risks.

Let’s be safe while hunting and return to our loved ones with only the spoils of our hunt in 2011!

Dear Friends,

 Most hunters mistakenly think you can safely hang in a full body harness if you fall from a treestand. If not done properly (with a suspension relief strap) you can die in as quickly as 5 minutes. Please read about suspension trauma and help us spread the word to other hunters.
Mountaineer Sports Warns Hunters Beware of Fatal Suspension Trauma

Dr. Norman Wood, owner of Mountaineer Sports and creator of the patented Rescue One Controlled Descent System,™ warns hunters to beware of potentially fatal effects from suspension trauma.

Dr. Wood explains the seriousness of suspension trauma. "When you are wearing a full body harness, and fall from your treestand, you will first be thankful that you're not lying on the ground either dead or busted up. But, you only have a few minutes to get back to your feet. You can start feeling the effects of suspension trauma very quickly. Your body's weight is pushing down on your leg straps so hard that it is causing a tourniquet affect on the large veins in your legs. This pressure stops the blood in the legs from returning back up to your heart," explains Wood.

Within 5 to 30 minutes of hanging you can be in very serious trouble as Dr. Wood further describes. "The powerful heart can pump the arterial blood down into your legs, but the low pressure venous blood can't get back up. And this is the bad news; this is called Blood Pooling and the legs can store up to half of your total blood volume. It is just like having a major blood loss of about half of your blood without it ever leaving the body. It is the same thing as cutting both of your wrists and losing half of your blood. The longer you hang in your harness, the less blood there is to circulate through the heart and lungs to keep you alive."

According to Wood, "Everyone should always wear a full body safety harness whenever in a treestand. It can save your life. You should be connected to the tree from the time you leave the ground until the time you get back down. There are plenty of different harnesses with suspension relief straps available on the market today to keep you safe, and you should always be using them correctly as instructed."

The Rescue One Controlled Descent System™ was invented by Dr. Wood to help hunters avoid suspension trauma and return safely to the ground. The system is Revolutionizing Fall Safety™ and has been certified to TMA Standards by an independent testing laboratory. For a video demonstration of the Rescue One CDS II™ and more information you can look for them on the web.

Be safe this year! Look into the many better choices companies like Mountaineer Sports or the good people at ScentBlocker have recently come out with. Check it out right here!

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Hunter Rescue Self-Recovery System Fall Arrest System

by Bow Staff 22. September 2010 03:41
Bow Staff

To many of us, hunting is our passion.  We intensely pursue whitetails for 3-4 months out of the year hoping to arrow a trophy.  However, our drive to succeed can often blur what should be our number one priority when hunting: safety.  Being safe when hunting from a tree comes first.  With many tree stand safety harnesses on the market today, Hunter Rescue has simplified the process of safely descending a tree in the unfortunate incident that you should fall with the Hunter Rescue Self-Recovery Fall Arrest System.

You've heard the stories and perhaps even know someone who's fallen from his or her treestand. Such a fall without a safety harness can cause devastating injuries or even death. Although harnesses are designed to stop your fall, what then? What will you do if you can't get back into your stand?

Now you can put your fears of falling behind you with the Hunter Rescue™ Self Recovery Fall Arrest System. This full-body safety harness system is much more than just your basic safety harness. It was created for one and only one purpose - to allow the hunter to get to the ground in a controlled manner in the event of a fall from a treestand or other elevated platform.  This system can also be used if your treestand has a catastrophic failure or if the two parts of your climbing stand become separated.

If you fall from your stand while wearing the Hunter Rescue™ System, you just have to locate the lanyard to the release arm and pull down. You will then travel down the rope to the ground.

Releasing the Hunter Rescue™ takes the same amount of force as initiating a pull up. A lighter person takes less force while a heavier person requires more. To stop, simply release the lanyard. The device will stop you automatically. It's that simple!
The Hunter Rescue™ System can not only save your life, but it will provide you and your loved ones with a peace of mind that will make your hunting experience much more enjoyable.

The Hunter Rescue™ Self Recovery System is comprised of:
•    The Hunter Rescue™
•    A Full Body Harness for the Hunter
•    A Suspension Relief Device
•    30 ft of 9 mm Life Safety Rope
•    A Tree Strap
•    An Aluminum Screw Link Connector



NEW Ultra Lite Safety Harness by Hunter Safety System for 2010.

by Bow Staff 5. April 2010 10:28
Bow Staff

Tired of those bulky safety belts? Looking for something a little lighter on the body this fall? Look no further than Hunter Safety Systems’ newest harness, the Ultra Lite; a less cumbersome means of treestand safety built with you in mind.

Hunter Safety System’s New Ultra Lite Safety Harness Is So Light…
It’s Almost Like You’re Wearing Nothing At All.

Danville, Alabama -For those treestand hunters that have chosen to sacrifice the safety of a restraint system for the freedom of mobility because, “It’s just too bulky,” or “It just doesn’t feel the same,” Hunter Safety System has a safe, comfortable and lightweight solution for you.
Hunter Safety Systems’ newest harness, the Ultra Lite, offers the same structural design, materials and construction of traditional Hunter Safety System restraint systems, but it forgoes all the specialties of the full-featured vests. This “Ultra Lite” design guarantees all the comfort, adjustability and safety of every Hunter Safety System vest.

HSS’s Ultra Lite Safety Harness


Padded chest, shoulder and back straps provide a sleek new look and a new level of comfort to a harness design that is so light you forget you have it on. The Ultra Lite is fully adjustable to accommodate early-season and bulky, cold-season clothing, and the saddle-style leg strap design offers added safety in the event of a fall and more comfort while in the stand. This new harness is equipped with the new super-quiet, rubber-coated leg strap buckles that are stronger and smaller than those used in previous styles.

The Ultra Lite is compatible with all Hunter Safety System accessories including the Lineman’s Climbing Strap, Lifeline and Suspension Relief/Deer Drag Strap, making it a great choice for those looking for a lightweight, affordable and packable safety harness.

Being safe while hunting from an elevated stand has never been easier, and now you have even more options from which to choose. In addition to the new Ultra Lite, Hunter Safety System offers options with pockets, blaze orange and various camo patterns.

The Ultra Lite comes with the Lineman’s climbing Strap (retail value $39.99) and will be available this summer at retailers nationwide or online. Suggested retail price is $99.95.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Danville, Alabama, Hunter Safety System is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative deer hunting gear and hunting equipment for the serious hunter. For additional information, you can write to: The Hunter Safety System, 8237 Danville Road, Danville, AL 35619, call toll free 877-296-3528.


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