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FYI - Guidelines For Using A Tree Stand While Hunting


Tree Stand Incidents and Safety

A hunter in a tree standing using a haul line to bring up their firearm.

Tree stand incidents are becoming a major cause of hunting-related injuries and fatalities in New York. The proper use of tree stands and full-body harnesses will help prevent injuries and fatalities. Follow these safety guidelines to ensure a safe, enjoyable hunt:

  • Check your stands (including straps and chains) every season and before every use and replace any worn or missing pieces.
  • Use a full-body harness with a lifeline, and stay connected from the time you leave the ground until the time you get back down.
  • Never carry your gun, bow, crossbow, or gear as you climb to your stand. Secure all your hunting equipment to a haul line, such as a strong rope. Do not tie the haul line around the trigger or trigger guard on a firearm, and raise a firearm with the muzzle pointing toward the ground. Once you are safely in your stand, and your tether is attached to the tree, raise your equipment into your stand. Use the same haul line to lower your equipment to the ground before climbing down.
  • Let a reliable person know where you will be hunting and when you will return. A map showing your stand location makes it easier for others to find you if you do not return on time.
  • Carry emergency equipment, such as a knife, cell phone, flashlight and whistle in your pockets at all times (not in your pack).

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