KY: Tree stands and other hunting injuries
November 10, 2009
Tree stands improve hunting success, but demand safety
Tree stands can give deer hunters an edge. Fifteen feet off the ground,
it's easier to see a deer and more difficult for them to see or smell you.
But hunters need to take precautions whenever they use a tree stand.
“Tree stand falls are a substantial percentage of our hunting incidents
every year,” said Will Connelly, a hunter-training officer with the Kentucky
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Eight hunting incidents have been reported to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife
this year. Two involved falls from tree stands. Neither of the injured
hunters was using a safety harness. Most falls can be avoided if hunters
attach themselves to the stand with a harness, especially while they are
climbing up and down.
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