The most important thing while hanging a treestand, or physically hunting out of one is to return home safely.
We all know about how we are supposed to wear a harness every time we climb a tree. Yet, every year people are hurt or even worse, from falling out of a treestand, with no harness worn. Treestand safety is something that should be taken seriously, and is never a bad thing to remind yourself about.
How do most accidents happen?
The most common way to fall out of a tree is not while hunting, but actually while hanging your treestand. Sometimes you may not feel like tossing your harness and lineman's belt on, because it's easy not to after you've hung stands time and time again. It can seem like a lot of work at times, especially if your trying to hang multiple sets in a day. But take the extra time to put on that harness and lineman's belt, it could save your life, and it also makes setting stands up easier, as you are able to use both of your hands.
Another common way to fall is while physically climbing the tree. This could be due to a variety of reasons, such as wet climbing sticks, or climbing your tree in the dark. For the longest time, the only way to connect your harness to the tree was when you got up to your stand, and attached your harness to your tree belt. Now, there are products on the market that take this into account. You can pick up a Muddy Safe Line or the hunter safety system Lifeline to make sure you are connected from the ground up.
I try to have these on most of my stand setups, because they give you that extra comfort. If you're not familiar with these products, they attach to the tree up where your stand is, and the rope goes all the way down to the ground. You simply attach your carabineer to a prussic knot, and slide it up the rope as you climb up and vice versa while climbing down. I know some people that don't want to dish out $40 every time they want one, and I have two different answers for that.
You can one either realize that your life is more important that $40, and think of it as insurance, or two, I know guys that buy their own heavy duty rope, and make their own. When it comes down to it, knowing your safe from that first step off the ground, until you make it back is the most important thing.
This summer while hanging your stands, take the time to think of safety. Safety is the most important aspect of deer hunting. It's what we love to do, and we only are able to do it if we keep safety in our minds, and return home after every outing in the deer woods.
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