Don't Go Hunting Before Reading These Tree Stand Safety Tips
Most hunters nowadays use tree stands. In fact, it is one of the most common pieces of hunting equipment that is used. However, if they are not used correctly and with care, you can find yourself in a dangerous situation and at risk of injury or death. Here are a few tips to help keep yourself safe while hunting:
Permanent Tree Stands – Before using them in the new year, make sure that they are thoroughly inspected. If there is any weak or rotted lumber, it should be replaced immediately. Never use a tree stand that appears to be damaged, even in the slightest bit.
Life Lines – Never, ever climb a tree without a life line system. A full body system is recommended for the most protection in the event that you should slip and fall during your climb up or down.
Healthy Trees Only – Never place your tree stand in a tree that doesn't appear to be healthy. You should never use dead trees, as these are prone to break and fall without notice.
Climb Higher – When climbing up the tree to your stand, consider climbing a bit higher than the stand. This makes it so that you can step down into the stand rather than climb into it, which could actually cause the tree stand to become dislodged and result in injury.
Non-Skid Boots – Make sure that when you are selecting your hunting gear that you select a pair of sturdy boots with non-skid soles. This will help protect you from slipping and falling when your tree stand and ladder get wet and slick from the rain, sleet and snow.
Haul Lines – Don't forget to use a haul line to get your hunting gear into and out of your tree stand. You never want to have your hunting device (bow, gun, etc.) on your person while climbing. It's an accident waiting to happen. Don't forget to ensure that firearms are unloaded and broadheads are properly covered before raising or lowering with the haul line.
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