Skip to main content

Treestand Safety: 'I Never Dreamed I Would Fall'

Treestand Safety: 'I Never Dreamed I Would Fall'
Alabama hunter Tim Crawford survived a fall from a treestand in 2008.

[bcplayerfish id= 5837677311001]

Video courtesy of Summit Treestands

September is Treestand Safety Awareness Month and Summit Treestands is hoping for a safe and successful season for all the hunters who are heading back to the woods.

To get the word out at such an opportune time, the company produced and shared (above) a short video featuring the cautionary tale of Alabama hunter Tim Crawford's fall from a treestand in 2008.

It was Oct. 15, 2008 — the opening day of deer season — when the avid bowhunter fell 25 feet to the ground as he climbed his stand. He had whitetails on his mind and wasn't wearing a safety harness.

"In the blink of an eye, I was laying on the ground knocked out," said Crawford, who layed paralyzed for eight hours until his dog found him and saved his life. "I've hunted for 25 years climbing tree stands. I never dreamed I would fall. ... but it happened."

Crawford was lucky. He defied the odds and regained full mobility. He hopes his don't-do-what-I-did message will resonate with other hunters.

[inline-post id=100539 title="8 Dos and Don'ts to Stay Safe in Your Treestand" body="While improved safety gear has helped ensure fewer accidents, bow hunting lends itself to a number of dangers including falls from an elevated deer stand. ..."]

[inline-post id=89285 title="9 Steps to Treestand Safety" body="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. ..."]

[inline-post id=90358 title="DNR Investigates 3 Falls from Treestands" body="Tree stand safety is on the minds of Iowa officials after three hunters were recently injured in separate incidents. ..."]

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

Game & Fish Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

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

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now