ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) – The South Carolina Department of Natural
Resources is investigating a hunting incident over the weekend in
Honea Path, SC where a hunter fell 18 feet from a tree stand and
Maurice Barnett has been a hunter for more than 20 years and also
sells hunting equipment at Sportsman Inc. in Rock Hill, but three
years ago when climbing his tree stand a strap broke, and he fell
more than ten feet.
"I got knocked out I don't know how long I was knocked out or
anything but I didn't break any bones and I was sore for a few
days," said Barnett.
Barnett was lucky because in 2010 the South Carolina Department
of Natural Resources says they had a total of 30 hunting accidents,
11 of which were people falling from tree stands, 1 of those people
Barnett says there are a few simple things a hunter can do to be
safe when out in the woods.
The absolute first thing a hunter should do before even entering
the woods is call someone and let them know where you plan on
"Text somebody to let them know when you're there text them when
you're leaving," said Barnett.
Also when you go hunting you're probably going to be wearing some
camouflage so try to wear something orange so other hunters can see
you and if you do fall from a stand those searching for you can find
SC DNR says most all tree stand incidents happen when climbing in
or out of the stand.
"You should always inspect your equipment each and every time you
use it I don't care if you used it yesterday it don't take but a
minute to inspect it," said Barnett.
Barnett says he's sold more hunting safety equipment this year
than he's ever sold in 15 years in the industry.
Then the number one complaint customers sometimes say to Barnett
about safety harnesses is the price, his answer to those people is
"If you ever actually had to use that safety harness, that would
be the best money you've ever spent in your life," said Barnett.
To promote safe hunting, South Carolina DNR is partnering with
Hunter Safety Systems to give away one Free tree stand safety
harness in each Hunter Education course in November and December.
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