Pre-Hunting Season Tree Stand Safety

Always be cautious using a tree stand.
Always be cautious using a tree stand.

Always be cautious using a tree stand.


RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator.

“Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”


Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place.

“This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury,” he said. “And always select a healthy, straight tree for placement.”

Other Home From The Hunt™ recommendations:


  • 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.

  • Have an emergency signal device with you.

  • Tell someone where you plan to go.

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 may potentially lead to breakage and failure.

For more information on hunting seasons, Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits and the Hunter Education Program, click here.

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