Delaware Hunter Safety Education Course


Chapter Summary

Treestands and trapping are both very effective methods of harvesting wildlife, but both pose their own challenges and risks. Here are the important points you should take from this chapter.

  • Always wear a Fall Arrest System/Full Body Harness.
Read Manufacturer's Instructions
  • Always read and carefully follow manufacturer's instructions when using a treestand and any treestand safety equipment.
  • Inspect your treestand and FAS/FBH before each use.
Haul Line
  • Never climb a Treestand with your firearm or gear. Always use a haul line to get your firearm into the stand once you are settled.
Permanent Treestand
  • Never use a homemade or permanent treestand. They can be very unsafe, and the nails used to set up can cause damage to the tree and your safety equipment.
Exceed Weight
  • NEVER exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer. This includes the weight of you AND your equipment.
Emergency Signal
  • Always carry an emergency signaling device in case you fall and need to be rescued.
Wildlife Conservation
  • Trapping is an effective wildlife conservation tool and can be used to relocate animals to areas of depleted populations, control damage to livestock, or supplement your income.
  • You should be able to identify the different types of traps, where they are used and which animals they are primarily used for.
Hand Protection
  • Always wear hand protection when handling traps or trapped animals, to minimize the risk of contracting an infection. Let your healthcare professional know you are a trapper.
  • Wash your hands and arms after handling carcasses. Disinfect any tool that comes into contact with a carcass.
Take a Class
  • If you are interested in trapping, find a local trapper's association and take a class or get a mentor.