Tree Stand Safety Recommendations

As deer and elk seasons continue to open up around the country, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has some good reminders and safety guidelines to follow when hunting from a tree stand.

“It’s of the utmost importance to always use a fall-arrest system and follow the tree stand manufacturer’s recommended safety procedures,” said Carissa Daniels, the Commission’s outreach manager. “These steps can go a long way in helping hunters stay safe while hunting with a tree stand.”

The Commission’s hunter safety education campaign, Home From the Hunt, and the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation offer these tree stand safety recommendations:

Prepping Your Tree Stand

-Before use, check the stand’s belts, chains, bolts and attachment cords for damage and wear. Replace them, if necessary.

-Ensure you do not exceed the stand manufacturer’s maximum height or weight limits.

-Purchase a full-body safety harness as part of a fall-arrest system.

-Setting Up Your Tree Stand

-Let someone know where you are setting up your stand ahead of time.

-Select a healthy, straight tree for your tree stand.

-Have another person assist with setting up the stand.

Using Your Tree Stand

-Always wear and utilize your harness and its tree tether to stay connected to the tree from the time you leave the ground to the time you return to the ground.

-Maintain three points of contact, as most falls occur when climbing up or down.

-When climbing or descending, use a lineman’s belt and/or lifeline.

-Raise and lower equipment using a haul line – Never carry anything as you climb.

-Bring an emergency signal device, such as a cell phone or a whistle.

For more information on tree stand safety, visit the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation webpage.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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