Tree Stand Safety!!!
So this year two statistics have come into the shop and I hear about one from last year. Today a fellow was trying to fix up a borrowed crossbow because he stepped on a tree limb, which he was using for one of his steps. It broke and he fell. His arm is still jammed and he cannot pull his bow back. At least he didn’t break anything and in a couple of weeks he should be back to somewhat normal.
Two weeks ago, we sold another fellow a new bow on a Monday and on Wednesday we hear how he suffered a concussion from falling when a board broke in his stand. He was only directing the cutting of shooting lanes.
Last year’s fellow didn’t fall very far, but he is still paralyzed. His friend that gave us the report said he had only gained control of some of his hand movements. He can’t work, he can’t care for himself, and he can’t hunt.
The first fellow was wearing a safety harness, but hadn’t made it up the tree yet to get it attached. I don’t understand how they work, but you all need to consider a line mans rope to keep you from falling while climbing. Manufacturers make them. We have a Muddy Outdoors one in stock. However, if you want, you can make one yourself. I found the details on archery talk and I am sure there are others around. Just be sure that you know you have done it right before you test it out. We don’t want another statistic.
Copied from Archery Talk:
Well, you need:
2 locking carabiners $20.00 each
8-10′ of 7/16″ or 1/2″ Climbing line
40″ of 8mm cordage
Tie a Barrel hitch in one end of the Climbing line. Tie a barrel hitch in BOTH ends of the 8mm cordage. at the other end of the climbing line tie a Figure 8 as a stopper knot. put one carabiner through the barrel hitch on the climbing line, and the other through the barrel hitches on the 8mm cordage. now tie your prussic in the middle of the climbing line. Knots can be found here
Now for a disclaimer…..
If you do not FULLY UNDERSTAND the knots you are tying and the consequences involved if they are INCORRECTLY tied, DO NOT attempt to create and use your own lanyard.
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