Elevated Stands

stair blind

Many hunters hunt from elevated stands. Since they are several feet off the ground, there is an increased risk of injury due to falls. Footing can be difficult especially in the morning when a layer of dew can make steps slippery. Always use the

“three points of contact rule,” either two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot always in contact with the ladder or climbing device.

hunter in tree blind

Before climbing into an elevated stand, always completely unload your firearm. In tree stands, it is imperative to always use a Treestand Manufactures Association (TMA) approved Fall Arrest System when getting into or out of a stand, and while hunting, to prevent falls.

issustrated safety harness for stand illustration of tethers for harness in stand

It is comprised of three components: a full body harness worn by the hunter, a tether, and a tree belt. The tree belt attaches to the tree. The tether connects the full body harness to the tree belt. The tree belt should be attached above your head with a minimum of slack so in the event of a fall, the distance traveled is short and regaining your position on the treestand will require less effort.

consulting harness manual reading manual practicing with responsible adult

Prior to your hunt become familiar with your Fall Arrest System and read all the safety information provided by the manufacturer. In the company of a responsible adult, practice wearing, adjusting and setting up your Fall Arrest System at ground level.

closeup of harness fit close-up of foot loop practice using the harness

Even short periods of suspension can severely restrict the flow of blood through the body, especially the blood flowing from the legs. This can result in a life threatening condition known as Suspension Trauma. Your TMA approved Fall Arrest System will have a special strap called a Suspension Relief Device (SRD). It is designed to relieve the pressure on the femoral vessels in your legs in the event that you become suspended. Adjust the length of the SRD so you can step into the loop and stand, relieving the pressure on your legs. Practice using the SRD so you will be confident in its operation.

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