Hunters are gearing up for Archery Deer Season which opens in the state beginning on Saturday, October 1st. Many of them will use tree stands to increase their chance of success. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, based in Shelbyville, has released some tips for proper tree stand and hunting safety.
- Always wear a safety belt and harness while climbing and sitting in a stand. Fully 85% of tree stand accidents happen when the hunter is climbing or descending the tree.
- Maintain a short tether between yourself and the tree you are in.
- Make slow, deliberate moves while climbing into and out of the tree stand.
- Always pick a safe, sound, tree to climb.
- Be familiar with your equipment and inspect it periodically.
- If using a climbing stand, tie both the climber and platform together to ensure the platform cannot slip away out of your reach.
- Do not climb higher than your comfort level.
- Do not use tree limbs/branches as steps.
- Never climb with a bow or firearm. Always use a haul/tow rope.
- Always let someone know where you are hunting and the time to expect you home.
Current statistics show that on in three hunters will experience a “close-call” while hunting. Be aware of any local hazards and use common sense to keep you, and everyone else, safe this hunting season.