Treestand Safety For Bowhunterson Oct 8, 2012
Treestand safety is a subject often touched on, albeit briefly, in many hunting discussions. However the importance of proper safety while treestand hunting cannot be stressed enough. Essentially, there are two types of treestand hunters; those who have fallen, and those who haven't fallen yet. Every hunter that I have ever questioned knows someone who has fallen from a treestand. I myself had a close call last season.
I was climbing into my stand for a typical morning hunt. The particular stand I was hunting had been in the tree for a few years. When I stepped onto the platform, one of the steel cables securing the foot platform to the riser against the tree broke, pitching me out of the stand! I was very fortunate that I was able to catch myself on a tree limb and climb down without being injured. However, many hunters are not so lucky. Hundreds of hunters fall every year. Some are seriously injured, while others are killed.
I can’t stress enough that proper treestand safety involves many different things. I am going to examine these points in order to ensure that everyone reading this gains a clear understanding of proper safety. After all, our ultimate goal each time we enter the woods should be to make it back home to the ones we love and those who love us.
Wearing a safety harness will help ensure you return home after every trip into the woods.
The Must Have
The first piece of safety equipment every hunter MUST have and use EVERY time they hunt from a treestand is a good safety harness. Many of you may groan when you hear that. I feel your pain. Up until the past few years most safety harnesses were cumbersome, complicated, uncomfortable, and heavy to say the least. Luckily, that has all changed. Many manufacturers now offer harnesses that are light weight, comfortable and user friendly.
Newer models like the UltraLite and Hybrid from Hunter Safety System are a pleasure to wear. They are also versatile, which means they can be worn either inside or outside your hunting coat. In addition, they come in many different camo patterns to match your hunting clothing. What more could a bowhunter ask for?