Minnesota Adult Hunter Safety Course

 

Treestand Safety: If you fall

If You Fall

If you fall from a treestand and you are properly using a FAS/FBH, you should only fall a few inches. Try your best to get yourself back into the stand safely.

If You Fall

If you cannot recover from the fall yourself, the second option is to be rescued. You should always carry an emergency signal device on your person and within reach at all times in case of emergency. Emergency signal devices can be any of the following such as:

  • Two-way radio
  • Cellphone
  • Personal locator device
  • Whistle
  • Signal flare
  • Flashlight

If You Fall

Optimally, you should hunt with a buddy so they can help you in an emergency situation. If you are hunting alone and need to be rescued, someone will need to know where you are and how to find you. Always let others know your exact hunting location, where your treestand is located, when you plan to return, and who is with you before you go into the woods.

If You Fall

If you fall, don't panic. Remain calm and implement your practiced rescue, relief and recovery plan. Be prepared ahead of time for such an emergency. If the hunting location is unknown by anyone and communication efforts are unsuccessful, you must have a personal plan for recovery/escape because prolonged suspension in a harness can be fatal. Hunters with varying degrees of physical fitness may require different plans to recover/escape the effects of prolonged suspension.

Have a personal plan and practice it in the presence of a responsible adult before leaving the ground. No one escape/rescue plan will work for every hunter or every circumstance. Only you can determine the best recovery/escape plan for your hunting situation and you must have a recovery/escape plan for your situation before leaving the ground.

If You Fall

While you are waiting to be rescued, you may experience suspension trauma while hanging in your FAS/FBH. This is caused by blood pooling in the legs. To seek suspension relief you can exercise your legs by pushing against the tree or doing any other form of continuous motion.

You should also carry a suspension relief device on your person and it should always be readily accessible while using a harness. The relief device will help maintain circulation in the legs. 
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a suspension relief device.


 
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