This is a little scary. I used a Talon Hunter extensively last fall. I also put a fellow F&S editor in one. It’s a truly innovative stand that allows you to attach a bracket/strap to the tree first, then simply set the stand on the bracket (then secure a quick-cinching backup strap). It makes the chore of stand-hanging much easier, faster, and quieter. All of which, of course, is not worth a hoot if there’s the chance the product will fail and leave you seriously injured. Summit, however, is rectifying the problem with replacement brackets/straps.
Here are the details from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
_Name of Product: Talon Hunting Hang-on Tree Stands and Brackets/Straps. . . .
_Hazard: The tree stand can unexpectedly detach from the tree when the brackets fail, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
_Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of the brackets failing, resulting in reports of falls and injuries including broken bones.
_Description: This recall involves Talon Raptor brackets/straps and Cabelas Realtree series hang-on tree stands with the Talon brackets/straps. . . .
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the brackets and contact Summit
_Treestands to receive a replacement bracket/strap.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Summit Treestands at (800) 241-5559 anytime, or visit their Web site at www.summitstands.com