Hunting from an elevated position can be a highly effective method for hunters pursuing wild game such as whitetail deer, elk, turkeys, bear, hogs, etc.  Unfortunately this popularity has made treestand accidents one of the most frequent causes of serious injuries or death suffered by hunters. The good news is that the majority of these injuries can be avoided by using proper safety defenses and equipment while climbing, descending, and hunting from elevated stands.

Randi Rowlett is Strapped In and Safe on her Twisted Timber Treestand!

Before you go to hang your stand, get familiar with it and practice hanging the entire set up a few feet off the ground so you know how to anchor it, cinch it, etc.  Purchase easy-to-climb and safe ladder steps or a ladder stand. Always put on your harness/safety system while you are still on the ground and have three points of contact whenever you are climbing into and out of your stand. The easiest way to do this is wearing a full body harness with a safety belt. Full-body harnesses with straps encircle the torso, legs, and shoulders allowing a fallen hunter to hang in an upright position. We all know any good plan can go bad, so take the time to make sure to clear the ground area under your tree stand from any protruding branches or sharp objects. 

Don’t forget to tell a friend or family member when and where you are going hunting. If possible, leave a note or map marked with your stand location(s) on it in case of emergency. Lastly, remember to be prepared for changes in weather. Lightning can be deadly especially when you are sitting in a tree stand. Bring a ground blind or another back up plan if this is ever a possibility. Your life depends on it! 

If you're looking for a locally produced, high-quality treestand, check out Twisted Timber from Mountain Lake....

Wishing you a safe and successful hunt this fall!

Happy Hunting!

Randi Rowlett and Mitch Petrie, Muddy Boot Productions

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