Treestand Safety Tips

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Treestands are popular with both hunters and wildlife photographers. Unfortunately, people fall from treestands every year which can result in serious injuries and potential death. Users can prevent these accidents by using caution while climbing up into and down from the stand and by wearing a full body fall-arrest harness system. With a little common sense and an awareness of potential hazards, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safe Treestand Users ALWAYS:

  • Wear and properly use a certified full body fall-arrest harness system (FBFAHS) and certified treestands.
  • Read, understand and follow equipment manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Practice at ground level with their treestand and FBFAHS with another person present before the hunt.
  • Raise and lower an unloaded gun, bow, backpack and other gear with a haul line.
  • Select a live, healthy, straight tree that is the right size for their treestand.
  • Use only certified equipment & replace damaged or expired harnesses and stands.
  • Are safe and never hurry; keeping proper contact with the tree or treestand while climbing.
  • Have emergency equipment and a plan for recovery if a fall occurs. Take precautions to prevent suspension trauma.
  • Let a reliable person know where they will be, when they will return and who is with them.
  • Know their limitations and don’t take chances.