Be Vigilant About Tree Stand Safety


Be Vigilant About Tree Stand Safety

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Deer hunting season has already opened in many areas of the USA, which means a whole bunch of folks will take to the trees to perch above their quarry in tree stands. This means some hunters will inevitably fall — but most tree stand falls can be avoided. To that end, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission recently posted a tree stand safety quiz.

The quiz contains a dozen multiple-choice and true/false questions; here they are:

1) What safety equipment should you have to hunt from a treestand?

2) True or false: When hunting from a ladder stand, hunters should use a rope safety line to climb up and down.

3) What is the No. 1 reason falls occur?

4) True or false: It’s not necessary to check stands before the start of every hunting season.

5) In what type of treestand is an incident most likely to occur?

6) True or false: Treestand falls are more likely to occur while bowhunting.

7) Which of the safety steps is most important when hunting from a treestand?

8) True or false: When using a lock-on style treestand, you should step up to the seating platform.

9) True or false: New hunters are more likely to fall while using a treestand.

10) What percentage of falls occur by someone not wearing a full-body safety harness?

11) True or False: The distance of the tether that runs between your full-body safety harness and the strap on the tree should be as short as possible with no slack in the tether while you’re seated.

12) Besides wearing a full-body safety harness, what items should you have within easy reach in case you fall from your stand?

To take the quiz, click or tap here and see how safe you really are.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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