Tree Stand Safety

Tree stands offer a better vantage point, a larger field of view and an earlier view of game. However, they also are a major cause of accidents during the deer-hunting season.

The National Bowhunter Education Foundation recommends the following safety tips to reduce the risk of hunting from elevated tree stands:

  • Practice with your stand at ground level, gradually going higher. Several Conservation Department shooting ranges and outdoor education centers have practice poles for free public use.
  • Know the proper procedure for securing the stand to a tree and how to use the stand properly.
  • Read the manufacturer’s warnings and instructions before each season.
  • Use only stands that meet standards of the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) rated for your weight and all gear or equipment you wear or have with you on the stand.
  • Always use a fall arrest system that meets TMA standards, which includes a full-body harness rated for your weight and any gear you wear or attach to yourself.
  • Have your fall arrest system attached to the tree from the moment you leave the ground, throughout the hunt and when you descend to the ground.
  • Always position yourself so that you step down onto your tree stand to test its stability.
  • Always use a haul line to raise and lower your gear, including unloaded firearms, bows and arrows.

For more details on tree-stand safety, visit the National Bowhunter Education Foundation under External Links below.

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