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.