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Elevate hunter safety: Tree stands cause of most injuries

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Elevate hunter safety: Tree stands cause of most injuries

A hunter practices archery from a tree stand.

An estimated 300,000 people will hunt deer in Indiana this year, according to DNR.

The most common injuries during deer season involve tree stands and elevated platforms.

Follow these safety tips when hunting from an elevated position:

Before the hunt:

  • Read and understand the tree stand manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check tree stands and equipment for wear, fatigue, and cracks or loose nuts/bolts, paying particularly close attention to parts made of material other than metal.
  • Practice at ground level.
  • Learn how to properly wear your full body safety harness.
Elevate hunter safety: Tree stands cause of most injuries

Tree stand accidents are among the most common hunting-related accidents. Following safety protocol can prevent injuries.

During the hunt:

  • Wear your full body safety harness.
  • Use a tree stand safety rope.
  • Make certain to attach your harness to the tree before leaving the ground, and that it remains attached to the tree until you return to the ground.
  • Maintain three points of contact during ascent and descent.
  • Use boots with non-slip soles to avoid slipping.
  • Use a haul line to raise and lower firearms, bows and other hunting gear.
  • Make certain firearms are unloaded before attaching the haul line.

For more information, visit www.hunting.IN.gov.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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