Tree stand safety

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Memphis_Catfish_King, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. Memphis_Catfish_King

    Memphis_Catfish_King New Member

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    Using a treestand offers many advantages to hunters, but treestands also can be dangerous if not used properly. Surveys show that about 30% of hunters have experienced accidents or falls while in their stands. Don't become part of that statistic - follow these guidelines to help ensure a safe and successful hunting season
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Scout preseason and locate good stand sites.
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Choose a tree that is straight and healthy[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Never select a leaning, diseased, shaggy-barked, or dead tree to place a stand![/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Never use homemade treestands and treestands made from wood.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Only use a treestand approved by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA).
      [*][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Do not use wood steps attached to the tree with nails or spikes.[/FONT]
      [*][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Insert screw-in steps only into the solid, live portion of wood of a tree. Scrape away any loose or excess bark from tree before inserting screw-in steps.
      (NOTE: If a step is very easy to screw-in, it may also easily strip out when you step on it! It should require moderate physical exertion to insert a screw-in step properly
      [*][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Do not insert screw-in steps into previously used holes, knotholes, or where limbs have been broken off
      [*][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]If using a climbing stand, tie both the climber and platform together to assure that the platform cannot slip away out of your reach.[/SIZE][/FONT]
      [*][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=2]Always use a fall restraint system (a full-body restraint system or safety harness that wraps around your chest, waist, and legs) when using an elevated treestand or platform. A single safety belt is not a system![/
      Anytime your feet leave the ground; a fall restraint system should be used. [Nearly 85% of all falls occur while climbing in or getting out of treestands!
      [*][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=2]Always use a haul line, or a rope attached to the tree stand left hanging to the ground, to raise your unloaded firearm or archery equipment into the treestand. Never climb with your firearm or bow[*][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=2]Use common sense when choosing a height for your treestand. You do not need to go too high; a treestand height of 12-15 feet will provide all of the advantage you need
      [FONT=Arial]i no it dont cover everything but mybe might save someone from falling or taken a shortcut[/FONT]
     
  2. Memphis_Catfish_King

    Memphis_Catfish_King New Member

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    well that just didnt turn out right mybe a mod will delet it