Florida Hunter Safety Course


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.

Read Manufacturer's Instructions

  • 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.

Good Tree

  • When selecting a location, find a straight, live tree that will support your treestand.
No Dead Trees
  • Make sure that there are no dead branches that might break off and damage the treestand or hit the hunter.
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.
Excessive Heights
  • Avoid excessive heights. The higher you go, the greater the danger.

Exceed Weight

  • 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.

Emergency Signal

  • Always carry an emergency signaling device in case you fall and need to be rescued.

Check Local Regulations

  • Check local and state laws regarding the use of treestands in your hunting area.

Never Hurry

  • NEVER hurry! Take your time and be safe!