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MI: Treestands Are dangerous

September 26, 2010

Before entering that treestand, wear a harness

Over time, I'll probably be accused of sounding like a broken record.

But this is one message that bears repeating. To do so, I'll rely on military veteran and hunter Marc Anthony (Hickory Corners), who had a typical hunt go horribly wrong one autumn.

"Wear a bloody safety harness," said Anthony.

Nearly 12 years ago, Anthony fell from a treestand while deer hunting. The accident left him a paraplegic. Today the Quest Ministries International member speaks publicly on the topic, urging hunters to always wear a safety harness.


Between 2005 and 2007, there were 41 treestand-related deaths reported to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. States don't keep statistics on the number of treestand-related falls or injuries, but John Louk, president of the Treestand Manufacturers' Association, believes hundreds occur annually.

"When I talk to state wildlife agencies, they're saying they have 10 to 15 serious injuries each year," said Louk. "Most states recognize there are more treestand-related accidents than firearm accidents annually.".

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