Prevent Falls with These 9 Treestand Safety Precautions
9/19/2017 9:07:02 AM

Treestand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters. MDWFP urges everyone hunting from an elevated stand to consider these safety precautions:

1. Wear a Safety Harness,

Wear a safety harness, also known as a fall arrest system, when you are in a treestand, as well as when climbing into or out of a treestand.

2. Use a Haul Line

Use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow to your treestand. Never climb with anything in your hands or on your back. Before descending, lower your equipment on the opposite side of the tree.

3. Select the Proper Tree

Select the proper tree for use with your treestand. Select a live, straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in your treestand's instructions.

4. Hunt with a Plan

Hunt with a plan, and if possible, with a buddy. Let others know your exact hunting location, when you plan to return, and who you are hunting with.

5. Carry an Emergency Signal Device

Carry an emergency signal device such as a cell phone or whistle on your person at all times and within reach.

6. Know Your Physical Limitations

Know your physical limitations. Do not take chances. If you start thinking about how high you are, do not go any higher.

7. Make Slow Movements

While climbing with a treestand, make slow, even movements of no more than 10-12 inches at a time.

8. Follow the 3-Point Rule

Always have three points of contact to the steps or ladder before moving. This could be two arms and one leg holding and stepping on the ladder or one arm and two legs in contact with the ladder before moving. 

9. Check Step Security

Check the security of the step before placing your weight on it.

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