Practice Tree Stand Safety Before and During Hunting Season

Taken From: Outdoor Wire

RALEIGH, NC— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding hunters to be prepared and stay safe, especially when using a tree stand. That includes pre-hunting season preparation, whether scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes or putting up a tree stand on a trial basis.

"Hunters should use the same tree stand precautions now as they would during hunting season," said Lt. Sam Craft, a wildlife officer and hunting safety instructor. "When first putting a tree stand in place, consider using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness. This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury. Always select a healthy, straight tree for placement. And let someone know where you are or take someone along during pre-season work."

Other Home From The Hunt™ tree stand safety recommendations:

Practice use at ground level, gradually going higher.
Never carry anything as you climb — use a haul line to raise and lower equipment.
Maintain three points of contact when climbing.
Follow manufacturer instructions.
Don't exceed manufacturer's maximum height settings.
As with any piece of equipment, tree stands need inspection before use. Replace rusted bolts, frayed straps or, if needed, buy a new tree stand. Leaving a tree stand up from one season to the next has some inherent problems that outweigh any convenience. When a tree stand is exposed to the elements due to long-term placement, it may have damaged straps, ropes and attachment cords — any of which potentially may lead to breakage and failure.

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