Contact(s): Jon King, hunter education administrator 608-575-2294; Joanne M. Haas, DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement public information officer, 608-209-8147
MADISON -- Hunter Safety Administrator Jon King is urging Wisconsin hunters to wear body harnesses when using tree stands in light of new research documenting injuries and deaths from falls.
"The research shows falls from tree stands and similar elevated platforms are the largest source of injuries and deaths of hunters nationwide - and this includes Wisconsin," King said of the research from the 2016 Wildlife Society.
The research also showed "the most avid hunters" face a 1-in-20 chance of suffering an injury in a fall from a tree stand during a lifetime.
"Tree stand incidents are preventable," King said. "This is why we ask hunters to take some time to review tree stand safety rules."
King offers these safety tips and a website link with more tree stand safety tips:
Prefer a course instead? Consider this free online treestand safety course. A 15-minute investment of your time in taking an online safety course could save your life. The Treestand Manufacturers Association provides a free, interactive course that you can finish in minutes. TreeStand Safety Course [exit DNR]
More information is available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "tree stand."