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NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 608 days

Hunting from a tree stand? Avoid a fall with safety harness to go up & down!

Published by Central Office October 25, 2016

Contact(s): Jon King, hunter education administrator 608-575-2294; Joanne M. Haas, DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement public information officer, 608-209-8147

Research: Avid Wisconsin hunters face 1-in-20 chance of fall in lifetime

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.

Video Credit: DNR

"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."

Always wear a harness when using a tree stand.
Always wear a harness when using a tree stand.
Photo Credit: DNR

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,, for keywords "tree stand."

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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