Tree Stand Safety Tips from Remington
FACTS: Nearly 30% of all hunters that choose to hunt from tree stands experience a "fall" at some time. Most occur while ascending or descending to the stand. Self-contained climbing stands are the safest type of portable stand to use.
NEVER: Wear a safety belt around your waist. If you should fall, this will flip you upside down leaving you dangling helplessly; or you could completely slip from the belt and fall.
Hunt from a tree stand while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or if you’re physically impaired.
Use a tree stand during high wind, lightning or if snow or ice is present on the stand or steps.
Select a leaning, diseased, shaggy barked or dead tree to place a stand!
Climb with a weapon! Use a pull-up rope.
"Jump" or "Bounce" on a stand to "seat" it to the tree. Add weight gradually.
Use a tree stand for anything other than hunting.
Use a tree stand for climbing a utility pole.
Use a stand without a "fall restraint" system. ALL tree stand manufacturers recommend use of these.
Insert screw-in steps into previously used holes, or into knotholes, or where limbs have been broken off.
Leave your stand or steps on the tree all year round. Remove and store them properly.
Scout preseason and locate good stand sites.
Wear a full body safety harness, or at very least, a safety belt snug under your arms and around your upper torso.
Choose a tree that is straight and healthy, even if it may not be in the best place to see game.
Insert screw-in steps only where legal and allowed.
Scrape away any loose or excess bark from tree before inserting screw-in steps.
Insert screw-in steps only into the solid, live portion of wood of a tree. (*NOTE: IF a step is very easy to screw-in, it may also easily strip out when you step on it! It should require moderate physical exertion to insert a screw-in step properly.)
Climb up and remove small (and dead) branches to ready your selected site for safe use of your stand.
Read and follow the instructions provided with commercial stands. Failure to do so could cause injury or death if improperly used, and could also negate any legal claims you may have against the manufacturer.
Pull up your weapon (Bow or Gun) with a rope. (*Guns with muzzle pointed down; Bows with arrows pointed up on ascent and down when lowering.)
Place weapon on the ground on the back side of the tree before climbing and when descending.
If using a "Climbing Stand," tie both the climber and platform together to assure that the platform cannot slip away out of your reach.
Use a TMA certified tree stand. The Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA) conducts independent testing and certification of stands manufactured by companies that belong to this institution.
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