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How many of you out there actually wear a safety harness when hunting from your treestand? How about using a fall arrest system when climbing up and down from the stand itself?

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from chuckles wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I do both but I admit it can be a pain in the butt. The harness I have isn't very comfortable but I bet it is more comfortable than a cast or wheelchair.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I do it doesn't get in the way and it provides a sense of safety, I have had to close calls where I've almost fell out of the tree one was a stationary stand where I stood up and almost dropped my bow so I scrambled and the harness provided a hold. the other one was a climbing stand where I tied myself to the tree and was setting up when the bottom half gave way and almost fell off the tree where I held onto the harness to pull it back up.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I have one but do not use it. I know I need to or I am going to become a statistic.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use a safety harness in the stand. How much do those fall arrest things cost anyway?

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from chuckles wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I bought mine at Cabelas, I think it cost me about 40-50 bucks. Once you set it up a couple of times it goes pretty smoothly. It came with a rope, the prussic knot and rig to attach to the harness, carry bag, etc.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

i feel safe in my treestand to be honest with you. it's very easy to get in and out of, it has armrests, gunrest, and big sitting platform. i should use a safety harness but i don't.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use an old fashion belt system. Those full body harnesses are too constricting. I like to be able to spin all the way around in my treestand.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use one but I've never fallen from a tree. Last July I fell from a step ladder and had plastic surgery (twice) to repair my broken nose. Had to lay in bed for 3 weeks with my left leg elevated. Final cost was about $10,000 in medical bills. NOTE TO SELF: Don't trust a friend to hold the ladder. He might get distracted. On the upside had lots of time for this website.

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from Bella wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I don't use a full body harness but I do use a harness. I keep it tight enough so that when I am up in the treestand I can actually lean out away from the tree (my harness strap is rated for twice or three times my weight, overkill). I like to put my stand way up inna tree too, 'cause the land is hilly and I want to be way up out of the line of sight for anything on the ground.

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from texasmcintyre wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use my harness. My has saved my butt before. Now I will never climb a tree with out some sort of fall arrest system.

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from shane wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I used a regular old fashioned safety belt, and sometimes, if the climb was particularly precarious, I would take the rope part of the safety belt and loop it around the next step up. Now I don't know what I would do, I haven't hunted in trees much at all the past few years.

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I have one buy do not use it.

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

but*

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

i dont use one as much as i should.

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from auburn_hunter wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use a safety harness each time I get in a tree. As chuckles said in the first post, more convenient than a cast or wheelchair.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I wear my harness 99% of the time. Ocassionally i forget. I take my chances climbing up and down.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use both. When in a climber its really easy you just move your tree rope up as you climb. When hanging lock-ons I use a climbing belt and full body harness on the initial climb to hang the stand and install a fall arrest rope with a sliding cinch knot. When you go back all you have to do is attach a carabiner to you sliding knot and your golden. So when I take my foot off the ground I am attached. I know two people who have fallen, one tore about all the muscles in his forearm trying to catch him self and needed two years before he could draw his bow again. Another fell flat on his back and has had chronic back pain since. Both had to sit out the rest of the hunting season.
If you harness is uncomfortable mess with the adjustments or try another brand. I haven't tried the hunter safety system but some of my friends who were uncomfortable in the traditional harness swear by them.

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from joe123456 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Nope i never used any of that and i never will

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from jbird wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I use one w/ my climber, I don't w/ my fixed stands. When I put a hang-on really high up, I'll use a safety rope attached to my waist just to avoid 'stepping off'. Not as safe as I should be, I know

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from trophyslayer wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I thought I was perfectly fine without one until I started falling asleep at 4:30 in the morning! From now on I make sure I am strapped to the tree 100% of the time. Just feels so much safer.

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from auburn_hunter wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use a safety harness each time I get in a tree. As chuckles said in the first post, more convenient than a cast or wheelchair.

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from chuckles wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I do both but I admit it can be a pain in the butt. The harness I have isn't very comfortable but I bet it is more comfortable than a cast or wheelchair.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I do it doesn't get in the way and it provides a sense of safety, I have had to close calls where I've almost fell out of the tree one was a stationary stand where I stood up and almost dropped my bow so I scrambled and the harness provided a hold. the other one was a climbing stand where I tied myself to the tree and was setting up when the bottom half gave way and almost fell off the tree where I held onto the harness to pull it back up.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I have one but do not use it. I know I need to or I am going to become a statistic.

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from jlfreeborn wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use a safety harness in the stand. How much do those fall arrest things cost anyway?

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from chuckles wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I bought mine at Cabelas, I think it cost me about 40-50 bucks. Once you set it up a couple of times it goes pretty smoothly. It came with a rope, the prussic knot and rig to attach to the harness, carry bag, etc.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

i feel safe in my treestand to be honest with you. it's very easy to get in and out of, it has armrests, gunrest, and big sitting platform. i should use a safety harness but i don't.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use an old fashion belt system. Those full body harnesses are too constricting. I like to be able to spin all the way around in my treestand.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use one but I've never fallen from a tree. Last July I fell from a step ladder and had plastic surgery (twice) to repair my broken nose. Had to lay in bed for 3 weeks with my left leg elevated. Final cost was about $10,000 in medical bills. NOTE TO SELF: Don't trust a friend to hold the ladder. He might get distracted. On the upside had lots of time for this website.

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from Bella wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I don't use a full body harness but I do use a harness. I keep it tight enough so that when I am up in the treestand I can actually lean out away from the tree (my harness strap is rated for twice or three times my weight, overkill). I like to put my stand way up inna tree too, 'cause the land is hilly and I want to be way up out of the line of sight for anything on the ground.

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from texasmcintyre wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use my harness. My has saved my butt before. Now I will never climb a tree with out some sort of fall arrest system.

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from shane wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I used a regular old fashioned safety belt, and sometimes, if the climb was particularly precarious, I would take the rope part of the safety belt and loop it around the next step up. Now I don't know what I would do, I haven't hunted in trees much at all the past few years.

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I have one buy do not use it.

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from hunt_fish_sleep wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

but*

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

i dont use one as much as i should.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I wear my harness 99% of the time. Ocassionally i forget. I take my chances climbing up and down.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 4 years 51 weeks ago

I use both. When in a climber its really easy you just move your tree rope up as you climb. When hanging lock-ons I use a climbing belt and full body harness on the initial climb to hang the stand and install a fall arrest rope with a sliding cinch knot. When you go back all you have to do is attach a carabiner to you sliding knot and your golden. So when I take my foot off the ground I am attached. I know two people who have fallen, one tore about all the muscles in his forearm trying to catch him self and needed two years before he could draw his bow again. Another fell flat on his back and has had chronic back pain since. Both had to sit out the rest of the hunting season.
If you harness is uncomfortable mess with the adjustments or try another brand. I haven't tried the hunter safety system but some of my friends who were uncomfortable in the traditional harness swear by them.

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from joe123456 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

Nope i never used any of that and i never will

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from jbird wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I use one w/ my climber, I don't w/ my fixed stands. When I put a hang-on really high up, I'll use a safety rope attached to my waist just to avoid 'stepping off'. Not as safe as I should be, I know

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from trophyslayer wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I thought I was perfectly fine without one until I started falling asleep at 4:30 in the morning! From now on I make sure I am strapped to the tree 100% of the time. Just feels so much safer.

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