American hunters are a diverse group of people coming from all walks of life, but when it comes to safety out in the woods, all hunters have something in common —
— We all want to get back home safely to our families.
Studies say that 1 in 3 hunters will have some sort of tree stand accident in their lifetime. The Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation, would like to bring that number down to 0. In order to make tree stand falls a thing of the past, there are a few things we all need to start doing for ourselves and each other:
Practice the ABCs of Tree Stand Safety
One of the most effective ways of preventing tree stand accidents is by following all preventative measure to ensure you are secure when climbing and hunting from an elevated stand. The Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation has put together the ABCs of tree stand safety so you can easily remember these steps:
Always remove and inspect your equipment
Buckle you harness securely
Connect before you leave the ground
Check Your Gear Before You Leave The House
Before you leave the house to head out into the woods, be sure to inspect your equipment to make sure you are bringing it with, as well as if it is in working order. You don’t want to get stuck out in the woods with a harness that is fraying or boots that have lost their treads, or worse yet, forgotten them all together. These are just two of the many reasons hunters may fall from their stands. There are so many stories of hunters who have gotten to their hunting spots, realized they forgot to bring their harness, and decided that “just this once” they can hunt without it and then are injured or killed by falling from their stands.
Hold Each Other Accountable
We all need to get used to the idea that safety matters. Check in with your friends and family who hunt to make sure they are following all guidelines and let them know that you care about their well-being. We need to start holding ourselves and each other accountable so that we all return home after a day in the tree stand. If you see your buddy packing his truck for the next morning and he doesn’t pack his harness, remind him that he’s forgetting an important piece of gear that could bring him home safely to his family!
Together we can make tree stand falls a thing of the past!