Treestand SafetyThursday, October 06, 2016
Treestand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters.
MDWFP urges everyone hunting from an elevated stand to
consider these safety precautions:
1. Wear a Safety Harness,
Wear a saftey harness, also known as a fall arrest system, when
you are in a treestand, as well as when climbing into or out of a
2. Use a Haul Line
Use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow
to your treestand. Never climb with anything in your hands or on
your back. Before descending, lower your equipment on the opposite
side of the tree.
3. Select the Proper Tree
Select the proper tree for use with your tree stand. Select a
live, straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in
your tree stand's instructions.
4. Hunt with a Plan
Hunt with a plan, and if possible, with a buddy. Let others know
your exact hunting location, when you plan to return, and who you
are hunting with.
5. Carry an Emergency Signal Device
Carry an emergency signal device such as a cell phone or whistle
on your person at all times and within reach.
6. Know Your Physical Limitations
Know your physical limitations. Do not take chances. If you
start thinking about how high you are, do not go any higher.
7. Make Slow Movements
While climbing with a treestand, make slow, even movements of no
more than 10-12 inches at a time.
8. Follow the 3-Point Rule
Always have three points of contact to the steps or ladder
before moving. This could be two arms and one leg holding and
stepping on the ladder or one arm and two legs in contact with the
ladder before moving.
9. Check Step Security
Check the security of the step before placing your weight on