What is the most important piece of equipment when hunting? If this question was asked to all hunters, you would expect to hear things like warm boots, a well sighted in weapon, or a comfortable stand. While all of those things play an important role in the success of your hunt, one thing that stands out in my mind is a piece of essential equipment that often goes unnoticed. Yes, you got it, I’m talking about the much needed safety harness we use as we sit high in the trees.
Every year hunters head out to the tree stand without taking the extra precaution of using a safety harness. As a result, there are several fatal tree stand accidents each year. According to an article on the Quality Deer Management Association column, in 2018 there were 3,000 reported tree stand falls that resulted in injuries. While not all of these may have been fully preventable, it is likely that a great number of them could have been if safety equipment had been used.
Often times hunters have this mentality of it “will never be me”. One fall can unfortunately result in a serious injury or even a fatality. Today’s safety harness’ are so light weight and easy to put on. Cost varies on these but many can be purchased for under one hundred dollars. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and buy a safety harness that you will use. After all it might just save your life. I can’t think of one good reason to not wear a harness every time I get in my tree stand. Check out Discounthuntingshop.com where we carry all the major brands of hunter safety equipment.
Adam Walters - DHS Team