Minnesota Virtual Field Day Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 7: Know your Treestands

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.

The treestand safety topics explored in this chapter should serve as a guideline for safe hunting while using a treestand. However, estimates are that 1 in 3 hunters will fall out of their treestand at some point in their hunting career. Through proper safety protocols you can minimize your risks of injury. If you are afraid of heights or afraid of falling from your treestand, then you should hunt from the ground. 

Goals for This Chapter

You will be required to show the following skills and/or knowledge at the Optional Field Day:

NOTE - the numbers listed below correspond the the program objectives listed on the "Firearms Safety Education Program" print-out, available in your exam center.

  • [2.2.4] Explain and show the proper way to bring a firearm or bow into a treestand