Practice Tree Stand Safety Both Before and During Hunting Season

tree-stand-harness-credit-ncwrcRALEIGH, NC (Sepember 19, 2016)…The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt(tm) campaign reminds hunters that tree stand safety should begin before the start of deer season.

“Every year we see people getting seriously hurt after falling from a tree stand,” said Chet Clark, the Commission’s eastern outreach manager. “A bit of preparation can help prevent injuries and even fatalities.”

Taking simple precautions can prevent injuries and ensure that hunters return home safe and sound. Tree stand safety recommendations include:

* Check belts, chains, bolts and attachment cords for damage and wear before use.
* Be sure to select a healthy, straight tree for your tree stand.
* Use a full-body safety harness properly at all times.
* Set up the stand with another person, or at least let someone know where you’re setting up ahead of time.
* Bring an emergency signal device, such as a cell phone or a whistle.
* Never carry anything as you climb – use a haul line to raise and lower equipment.
* Maintain three points of contact when climbing up or down a stand (most falls occur during this time).
* Don’t exceed manufacturer’s maximum height or weight settings.

“Tree stand accidents are almost always avoidable,” Clark added. “All hunters should conduct a safety check of their tree stands at the start of every hunting season.”

Hunters can review a free tree stand safety course online at For more information on hunting seasons, Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits and the Hunter Education Program, go to or call 919-707-0031.

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit

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