Treestand Safety While Hunting With A Firearm

Hunting from a treestand offers you several distinct advantages. First, it puts your scent above ground level and carries it unnoticed, and away on upper air currents. Next, it keeps your movement above the prowling eyes of your game, primarily whitetail deer. Lastly, it gives you a great view, even over vegetation, to spot any game before it spots you.

Treestand hunting also creates the opportunity for accidents. To avoid any mishaps while hunting from a treestand you should take an approved treestand hunting course like those offered by the Treestand Manufacturer's Association. To get you on the right track, follow some of these tips.

Purchase certified stands that fit the trees in your area, your physical abilities and your physical size. Now purchase an approved safety harness like those manufactured by Gorilla Gear. Make sure it fits right and practice correct operation. Also consider purchasing a mechanical hoist like the Hoist'N Lok from CRKT. It aids in getting gear into your stand and incorporates a unique locking system that is easy to use, and has a capacity rating of 100 pounds.

Begin in the preseason to scout for a healthy and straight tree to place your stand. Clear any limbs that could hinder hauling the firearm in the tree during hunting season. Put steps in according to manufacturer instructions. Preseason setup ensures you won't be pressured to put a stand up in a tree that is questionable or place you in a hurried situation during the season.

To safely hoist your firearm into the tree make sure it is unloaded. Open the action or remove the bolt for additional safety. Place the firearm in a padded case and attach the haul line to the butt area so the muzzle is pointed down while hauling. If you don't have a firearm case take extra precautions not to jam the muzzle in the ground. Covering it with the finger cut from a latex glove or even placing a piece of electrical tape over the muzzle will help keep the muzzle debris free. A blocked muzzle could lead to a serious and dangerous firearm malfunction.

Lastly, always carry a cell phone, 2-way radio or other communication device to contact someone in case of an emergency. Leave a note as to your exact location and return time. Now have a safe hunt.


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