Tree stand safety is a topic that must be at the forefront of our minds during hunting season. The excitement of a new year can be intoxicating, but it’s not worth a terrible injury. It is not a fun topic of discussion, but it may just safe your life one day. In this post we’ll review the basics of tree stand safety, and also why you should consider wearing orange 3D camo this year.
A good 3D camo suit helps break up your profile. We know this is good for deer hunting, but what about for safety from other hunters? This is where the built in blaze orange of a 3D Leafy Camo Suit can be incorporated into your safety routines.
With a See3D suit you can accomplish both things at once. You gain the advantage of 3D leafy camo breaking up your silhouette, and the built-in blaze orange that satisfies many states requirements. It also makes hunters safer traveling to and from their tree stands. In addition, other hunters will more easily spot you in your stand and not encroach on your area.
A full body harness is an important and effective piece of safety gear. It’s such a simple aspect to safety, yet few hunters take advantage. A sobering study in Wisconsin revealed that only 23% of firearm hunters, and 33% of bow hunters always utilized a fall restrain system. Wearing may seem uncomfortable or cumbersome, remember that no deer is worth a permanent injury due to a fall
No matter your type of stand, whether a climber, ladder, or fixed, knowing how your stand functions is your responsibility. Before the season, check all the straps, ratchets, and hinges for damage before using it. If you use a portable stand, practice setting it up on diverse types of terrain and trees. Practice getting into position and hauling your gear up.
You should never climb with gear in your hands. Instead, use haul lines to safely retrieve your gear and bow or firearm. Your arrows should be firmly secured in the quiver, and your rifle unloaded. Before going down, be sure to drop the gear on the opposite side of your steps.
Practicing your exit is important too, as this is where most accidents occur. Bowhunters are more likely to suffer an accident, simply because they have a longer season and spend more time in the stand. Proficiency with all aspects of your tree stand is crucial!
How high you set your tree stand is a personal choice. Your skill, experience, age, and physical abilities should all factor in. Just remember that the higher your stand, the harder the you land. A lower stand is better than being nervous and panicking at an uncomfortable height. Understand and trust your bodies limitations, pushing yourself past your limits is not worth the risk.
Choose strong, healthy trees of a size that are suitable for your type of stand. A ladder stand should have level ground at the base for stability. Straight trunks make for easier and safer accents and descents. Always take your time and maintain 3 points of contact with the steps and ladder.
Always keep an eye on the weather. Snow and rain can make tree stand steps slippery, requiring extra caution. Likewise, as daylight wanes, steps are more difficult to see. Allowing enough time for a safe exit and descent from your stand is crucial. The Wisconsin study found that most accidents, and a stunning 77% of which were bowhunters, were related to falls from tree stands during the evening hours.
Hunting seasons are starting around the country but in the Virgin Islands, people were reeling from the worst hurricane to hit in decades - Irma. See3D put its business on hold for three weeks to volunteer with search and rescue efforts and delivering aid.
Our Camo Suits are cut baggy and designed, if needed, to go over the top of other clothes.
For example, here in Vermont late deer season can get cold with snow on the ground, so our suits are cut to wear a warm coat underneath.
Our sizes are organized by height:
If you are hunting in an area where you won't be layering, then these sizes can be ordered as is. If you anticipated layering bulky clothes or are heavier for your height, then consider a size up.
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