KIMT News 3 – Summer is winding down, which means hunting season is right around the corner. One popular way to hunt, is also one of the most dangerous. That’s why August is dedicated to tree-stand safety. The DNR is taking advantage of this to educate hunters on safety while hunting from a tree-stand.
The primary safety precaution is wearing a safety harness. Taking that extra step could mean the difference between life and death. In the event of a fall, the device will lower the hunter to the ground safely. According to the Iowa DNR, one in two tree-stand users do not wear a harness.
When erecting the stand, select a sturdy tree that stands upright. It’s also a good idea to move your stand every few weeks, as weather conditions could take a toll on the tree. One local DNR official has some tips to make sure your stand is in good shape.
“If stands are going to be in a place for a prolonged amount of time, double check those restraints for the stand each time that you use it. Before you step out onto that stand, just give it a wiggle and make sure that everything is where it needs to be, and still in good working order,” says DNR Officer, Matt Washburn.
He says always carry a cell phone, or if possible bring a buddy with you. Another good practice is always tell others where you will be hunting, and when you plan to return.