Virginia Hunter Safety Course

 

Using a Fall Arrest System / Full Body Harness

The majority of hunting-related incidents involving treestands occur because a hunter either wasn't using a Fall Arrest System (FAS) / Full Body Harness (FBH) or used it in an unsafe manner. If every hunter wore a FAS/FBH and used it properly, the incident and injury rate would be reduced dramatically. The Fall Arrest System consists of a strap that is attached to the tree and a Full Body Harness that is worn by the hunter.

Vest-Type Harness

This is the safest, most reliable harness a hunter can use. It is very easy for any hunter to use - simply slip it on, adjust the straps and fasten the clips. Unlike the simple belt or chest harness, it is strapped around the shoulders, waist and legs so that in the event of a fall from a treestand, pressure is distributed across a larger area of the hunter's body, helping to ensure a quick recovery with less chance of injury.

Parachute or Full-Body Harness

This harness is just as safe and offers the same type of protection as the Vest-harness when used properly, however there are many straps and buckles involved. Always check and re-check your harness to ensure that it is properly secured, before you start climbing up into the treestand.

Remember! If you fall, practice your 3 R's - Rescue, Relief, Recover

Single Strap Harness

Single strap harnesses should not be considered as a safe harness. These kind of harnesses cause severe restriction in the chest area, making it difficult to breathe or move. ALWAYS use a Full Body Harness when using a treestand!

Chest Harness

Chest harnesses are no longer the preferred harnesses either. These harnesses cause severe restriction in the chest area, making it difficult to breathe or move. ALWAYS use a Full Body Harness when using a treestand!


 
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