9 Steps to Tree-Stand Safety

9 Steps to Tree-Stand Safety
(Photo by Ron Sinfelt)

Tree-stand safety should always be on the minds of hunters before they hit the woods each season. Here are some tips to help you stay safe.

Tree stands may get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble.


The Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation said falls from tree stands is the No. 1 cause of injury and death while deer hunting.



Tree-Stand Safety
(Photo by Ron Sinfelt)

Here are some tips from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience:


'¢ Choose a live, straight tree. 


'¢ Buy smart. Only use stands certified by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA). 

'¢ Inspect them each time you use them. 

'¢ Know the rules. On many state lands, it is illegal to place nails or other hardware into trees or to build permanent structures. On private lands, you must have landowner permission to erect a tree stand, cut or remove trees or other plants, or to cut limbs. All stands, including ground blinds, must be marked with the owner's name and address.

Here's a video on tree-stand safety released by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

https://youtu.be/5yqaVV0heYE

'¢ Always wear a full-body safety harness, even for climbing. Most falls occur going up and down the tree and getting in and out of the stand. 

'¢ Don't go too high. The higher you go, the vital zone on a deer decreases, while the likelihood of a serious injury increases. 

'¢ Never carry firearms or bows up and down trees. Always use a haul line to raise and lower all gear. Make sure your firearm is unloaded. 

'¢ Familiarize yourself with your gear before you go. The morning of opening day is a poor time to put your safety belt on for the first time. 

'¢ Be careful with long-term placement. Exposure can damage straps, ropes and attachment cords. Also, the stand's stability can be compromised over time, as the tree grows. 

Recommended for You

Other Hunting

New Gear: MidwayUSA Competition Range Bag

G&F Staff

Perfect for competition or a day at the range.

Records

Upon Further Review: 70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided

G&F Online Staff - May 22, 2019

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

Abu Garcia Virtual Rod with Bluetooth

Pure Fishing's Andrew Wheeler tells Outdoor Sportsman Group writer Lynn Burkhead all about the brand new Abu Garcia Virtual rod that integrates Bluetooth technology through a free ANGLR smartphone app.

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Glenn Walker talks us through the soy-based technology that makes Lure Lock cases spill-proof and scent-proof. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Catfish

Understanding Catfish Spawning

Keith Sutton - June 06, 2006

Unlike many game fish, catfish can be harder to catch during the spawn. Here are some...

Catfish

12 Great Catfish Baits

Jeff Samsel

Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, including these great options.

Bass

7 Best Bets For New Jersey Largemouth Bass

October 04, 2010

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll...

See More Stories

More Whitetail

Other Hunting

The Ozone Factor: Take Control of Your Scent

T.A. Harrison

Looking for the scent-control edge you need to stay one more step ahead of wary whitetails?...

Whitetail

Ground Zero: Washington and Oregon's Record Bucks

Gary Lewis - February 17, 2019

There's common ground in the Pacific Northwest where trophy bucks are likely to be found.

Crossbows

Crossbows: The Lane Bailey Buck

Tracy Breen

If you think you may have only one shot, pick up a crossbow like this hunter did.

See More Whitetail

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×