The Unknown Dangers Of Hunting And How To Prevent Them


September Is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month


By: Connor Hermesch


FISHERS, Ind. ­– October 1 being the beginning of hunting season in Indiana brings excitement for hunters, but also dangers. September is tree stand safety awareness month, which gives the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA) an opportunity to educate hunters right before heading out to their favorite hunting spot.


Tree Stand related falls continue to be the number one reason of injury or death to a hunter. A study by TSSA Executive Director, Dr. Glen Mayhew, reports that nearly one in 10 falls out of a tree stand result in death.


“Our mission here at TSSA is to significantly reduce tree stand incidents through promotion, education and best practices” said Sean Ferbache, Treasurer of TSSA. “The bottom line is that we want every hunter to know and use these best practices of tree stand safety so he or she can come home safely to their family and friends.”


Ferbache is also the COO for the local hunting leasing company, American Hunting Leasing Association (AHLA) here in Fishers.


Recent data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, estimates about 4,000 tree stand related fall incidents that either resulted in injury or death. With Indiana having many residents who hunt, this information provided by TSSA could be a useful part of your hunting day essentials.


TSSA is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by a group of outdoor industry leaders who believed that tree stand safety is an important issue that needs to be tackled.