Chapter 10 Summary
Hunting from a treestand can be a lot of fun when all safety steps are followed. Let's review those steps now:
- Always wear a Fall Arrest System/Full Body Harness.
- Always read and carefully follow manufacturer's instructions when using a treestand and any treestand safety equipment.
- You should know the common types of treestands and what they're used for.
- Inspect your treestand and FAS/FBH before each use.
- When selecting a location, find a straight, live tree that will support your treestand.
- Make sure that there are no dead branches that might break off and damage the treestand or hit the hunter.
- 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.
- 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.
- Avoid excessive heights. The higher you go, the greater the danger.
- NEVER exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer. This includes the weight of you AND your equipment.
- When using a treestand on private property, always first obtain permission from the landowner.
- Always carry an emergency signaling device in case you fall and need to be rescued.
- Check local and state laws regarding the use of treestands in your hunting area.
- NEVER hurry! Take your time and be safe!