When hanging treestands, safety is so important. It’s easy to make a mistake, and even the slightest mistake can be deadly.

This young hunter was setting up a hang-on treestand next to a ladder stand, when he appears to have a little mental lapse. He goes to step over onto the hang-on stand, but it wasn’t properly secured to the tree. He barely tests his weight on the platform before the stand gives out from under him, leaving him to drop 20-25 feet to the ground like a lead balloon.

Somehow, he appears to be OK at the end of the video. It looks like he was able to grab some branches and smaller tree tops on his way down, and that might have broken his fall. He probably walked away with a few cuts and scrapes, but considering the alternative, he’ll be just fine with a scrape or two. Hopefully he remembers this incident for a long, long time and is safer next time.

It’s because of incidents like this that you should always wear a safety harness whenever you’re in a treestand. Whether you’re actually hunting or just hanging your stand, you never know what could happen, so it’s best to prepare for the worst. There are many different safety harness systems available today, such as a Hunter Safety System Lifeline. Get one today and make sure you wear it every time you climb up your stand to go hunting.

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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  • Glen R. Mayhew

    As an outdoor enthusiast and President of the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA), we must do a better job of promoting the safe use of tree stands. For most states, tree stand incidents are the #1 cause of injury and death to deer hunters. In 2015, there were an estimated 5300 incidents that required emergency department care and numerous fatalities. Almost every single one of these incidents were preventable. First, everyone must wear a full-body harness. Second, they must attach to the tree before leaving the ground. Lastly, always inspect your equipment and follow the manufacturers guidelines. The Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA) wants to ensure that every hunter using a tree stand comes home safely to their family. Their mission is to Significantly reduce tree stand incidents through promotion, education, and best practices. I can be reached at Treestandsafe@gmai.com

  • Northerner

    he got very lucky with that fall, it could have been much worse such as landing on top of the fallen stand but i think the thick vegetation helped cushion the impact. would hate to think if there was some rotting branches that had fallen and were sticking upward out of the ground that could have impaled him. very lucky young man!

    and something else EVERY hunter should do is get a topographical map of the area you are hunting and pinpoint the location on it and tape it to your refrigerator in case something does happen while your out hunting and your incapacitated then law enforcement will probably see it while searching your house after you have been reported missing then they will know where to look. or if you have a cell phone and are able to call for help but you cant describe where you are you can tell police or EMT to break into your house and look at the map. or if you have a GPS unit write down the coordinates of your tree stands and place it on your fridge as plenty of times you might not have cell phone reception to tell police where your at.

    just think ahead of worse case scenarios and make plans to help prevent them!

  • Buck

    The deer are obviously behind this little “accident.”