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Hunter Safety Starts with each one of us!

       Our own Safety Should be our Number 1 Goal

Each and every year, we read about hunters getting shot, or falling from their tree stands.  There are simple common sense steps we ALL can take to make sure our hunt is enjoyable, as well as safe.  These are two safety practices I have incorporated into each and every one of my hunts.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->1.     <!--[endif]-->I always turn on my StreamLight headlamp into and out of my tree stand.  One hunter in Illinois was walking to the same tree stand he had walked to for the last 7 years (without any light) as he knew the foot path like the back of his hand.  There was extreme cloud cover that early, early morning so visibility was extremely limited.  As he approached his stand, he felt a stinging in his right leg…he had been shot with an arrow, from a hunter out of his very stand!  His neighbors’ grandson had gotten turned around and thought he was on his grandpa’s property.  He wasn’t, he heard noise on the path leading to the stand and took an extremely ill-advised shot.  He ended up surviving, but had he been wearing a light, it is MUCH more probable he would not have been shot, as deer generally don’t carry lights!


<!--[if !supportLists]-->2.     <!--[endif]-->The 3 point rule.  Most hunter accidents have something to do with tree stands.  When climbing in and out of your stand, ALWAYS maintain 3 points of contact.  I actually drill this into my head as I am ascending and descending.  This means, either 2 feet and one hand, OR 2 hands and one foot in contact with your pegs or ladder at all times. ONLY move one limb at a time to insure balance and recovery if you slip! I witnessed a young man descend his ladder holding his bow in his right hand.  By doing this, every rung had a period of time where only his feet were making contact.  A very seasoned friend of mine fell out of his tree stand this year when a limb broke as he swung around to get on his platform.  His feet were moving up before he had a chance to stabilize his hands on the branch.  Bingo, down 14 feet…he also survived, but was unbelievably lucky!


No point in taking any unnecessary chances out there, remember there are people who are counting on you coming home in one piece!

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