The hunting season is well underway, and in Mississippi, the most common injuries happen in treestands.
Treestand accidents are not always on the top of the list when it comes to hunting safely. However, the first three months of the Mississippi hunting season have produced 12 accidents, seven of which were treestand incidents.
“We don’t have all the details, but every one of them you can probably attribute to them not wearing a safety harness,” Steve Parham, hunter education administrator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, told reporters. “They’re not using their safety harnesses, the very thing that can save their lives.”
Examples of the recent treestand accidents include a homemade stand pulling free from a tree and a securing strap failure. The most common treestand accidents involve fall arrest systems.
Becky Clark, the owner of a local archery store, told reporters the importance of these systems.
“If you get in that tree, you need to put your harness on,” she said. “Even if you’re not hunting, you need to wear it.”
The other five accidents that have occurred so far this hunting season in Mississippi were firearm related, and although varied, there was one common theme.
“If it was all boiled down to something, it was mishandling a firearm,” Parham told reporters.
On the bright side, of the thousands of hunting excursions to take place in Mississippi this year, a dozen accidents is a very good average.