Chapter 9: Treestand Safety
While in the woods, have you ever watched a red-tailed hawk hunt? You'll notice that it perches high in the branches of trees, scanning the woods below for mice and small game. When it spots one, it takes flight, flaring its wings, and glides swiftly, silently to snatch its quarry from the ground. Using a treestand, a hunter can gain the same bird's-eye-view advantage enjoyed by a hawk in its treetop perch. But doing so requires great care. Unlike the hawk, hunters don't have wings or tail feathers to control their descent if they slip. And a falling hunter in the woods is anything but graceful.