When it comes to our safety as hunters, learning these two knots to create a treestand safety line could save your life.
If there is one benefit I get from being a career firefighter, it’s the classes and training we do with ropes and knots. Now, we don’t do these types of training everyday or weekly, but the more I practice, the better off I am when it comes to being versatile in the field as a firefighter, but even more so as a hunter.
When I first saw the Hunter Safety System come out with this treestand safety line design, I thought to myself, that was my chance. I have used these knots in rescue scenarios for years and never thought to bring it to the woods with me as a hunter.
The video below may save you the hassle of buying the completed set up, but more importantly could save your life climbing in and out of your treestand this hunting season.
The two knots used within the video are the Double Fisherman’s Knot and a Prusiks.
The Double Fishermans Knot
The Double Fisherman’s Knot is used to create a safety loop. You will want to start out with a roughly 36″ piece of safety rope to create this, then make the safety loop using the double fisherman’s knot as seen in the picture above.
This safety loop will be attached to the static line that runs from the bottom of your treestand to the top using the Prusiks Knot.
The Prusik Knot is the key ingredient to making this entire treestand safety line work. The Prusiks is a friction knot, or hitch rather, that allows you to slide the knot up and down when you clapse your hand over the knot. When pressure is applied to the running end of the safety loop, the prusiks works as a stop and the friction, binds the knot into place creating a slide-less and life saving anchor.
I use the Prusiks for several reasons including a 2014 hunting trip where a guy from my hunting team shot a 185 lb, 8 point buck at the bottom of a mountain and the only way to get the deer up in whole, was a rope system. Because we were using a 3:1 pulley system, tying loops for handles would have taken too long to tie and untie each time we reached a pulley. So instead, we used a Prusiks to create handles to pull downward as the deer slid up the mountain side, then we would just slide the knot back up to the top with no delay.
Take the time this hunting season to rig yourself up a treestand safety line and practice your knots. Whether you purchase a treestand safety line or create your own, it may just save your life.