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The DNR Urges Hunters To Wear A Harness While Using Treestand This Fall

Hunter wearing a full-body harness climbs a treestand

Hunter wearing a full-body harness climbs a treestand. - Photo credit: DNR
Hunter wearing a full-body harness climbs a treestand.Photo credit: DNR

Contact(s): Ashley Van Egtern, DNR hunter education and R3 program specialist or 608-513-9625

September 9, 2020 at 5:05:28 pm

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind those participating in the upcoming deer hunting season to practice safety when using treestands.

According to surveys, one-quarter of bowhunters have experienced a fall or near fall from an elevated stand. Less than half of Wisconsin deer hunters use a safety harness every time they climb.

Harnesses should be included in the routine of any hunter planning to hunt above the ground regardless of whether hunting with a ladder stand, a tower stand or hang-on stand. Published research indicates risky climbing behavior can catch up with hunters the longer they hunt.

Hunters should always use a full-body harness, also known as a fall-arrest system. Hunters should be mindful of the basic rules of treestand safety:

Hunters should use situational awareness in addition to following the basic rules of treestand safety. Make sure to always select a tree that is substantial enough to support your weight. Check your equipment prior to use, making sure lines are intact, your harness fits and is absent of snags and tears that could jeopardize the functionality. Also, be sure to inspect your stand to ensure it does not have any missing components or broken features.

Hunters can also participate in the Treestand Manufacturers Association Safety Course, which is a free interactive course that takes 15 minutes to complete.

To learn more about treestand safety rules and steps, visit the DNR webpage here.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Office of Communications
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Last Revised: Wednesday, September 09, 2020

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