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Guidelines for Deer Stands

Jul 31, 2008
Most deer hunters are now hunting from tree stands. If you are new to deer hunting, or if you have been hunting for a while but have yet to use this method, you should consider using a tree stand. The benefits of using a tree stand are that you will stay out of the deer's range of view, you will keep your scent hidden from the deer, and you will increase the range of your view. You do need to take certain precautions, however, to make sure that you protect yourself.

There are many types of stands and most are safe to use. Some of these include ladder-type stands, climbing stands, and lock-on stands. Another type of tree stand is boards simply nailed to a tree. No matter what type of stand you are using, recognize that accidents can happen. If a stand seems insecure to you, do not use it. If you are thinking about using a new tree stand and you are far from your home or from people in general, it is best to wait. You would be not able to notify anyone in the event that you were injured. Do not take using a tree stand lightly.

You will benefit by becoming acquainted with some of the ways by which hunters injure themselves on or around tree stands. Falling asleep is one way accidents happen. It happens more frequently that you would imagine. Hunters also get injured when they slip while climbing in or out of a tree stand. You cannot avoid things like excess moisture on your boot, or an exceptionally damp step. The third way by which hunters suffer injury using tree stands is having a piece of equipment break. Nothing is 100% dependable. The most dependable way to avoid severe injury from these disastrous events is to wear a safety harness.

Many hunters know the danger of not using a safety harness, but they still use tree stands without one. Your safety harness will only serve you if you wear it. It is not good sufficient to put on the harness after you have settled into your stand. In fact, climbing into or out of your stand is when you are most probable to be hurt, so you need to be wearing it before you begin ascending your tree stand. It only takes a bit to secure and is well worth the hassle. A fall with a safety harness has minimal damage compared to one without a safety harness. The safety harness could mean the difference between a few bruises and a premature death.

There are a few additional steps you need to consider while preparing to use a tree stand for the first time. Tree steps and tie-on ladders are two favorite methods used by hunters. Some also use threaded steel steps for climbing. Steel steps are best for the bargain hunter. They are cheaper than the ladders. Test the steel step to make sure that it is strong, steady, and secure. Use threaded steel steps that will amply support your weight. If the threaded steps bend, hunters slip and injure themselves. Use a drill to make pilot holes for the steps. Some hunters opt to use climbing stands instead of threaded steps, but they are less affordable and limit you to certain trees.

Consider using a tree stand as you hunt. It is an effective way to catch your prey off-guard. Both your body and your scent are above the deer's vicinity. It also allows for a broader view as you study the landscape. Tree stands do cause accidents, though. Take all of the necessary steps to prevent any major injuries. Use a safety harness to shorten the distance of your fall. Make sure that the steps you use to climb the tree are secure. Following these guidelines for using a tree stand ensures a safe and pleasurable hunting experience.
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Hunter and author Ethan O. Tanner explains guidelines for using deer stands and gives tips for being safe when using a deer stand.
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