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  • how many of you have ever fallen out of a tree stand.

    how many of you have ever fallen out of a tree stand.

  • #2
    Knock on wood, I have not. I wear a safety harness, but have had some friends fall out of stands.

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    • #3
      On a windy day i came close, so close that i said the hell with it, no deer is worth breaking my neck over and i got down and got the heck out of there.

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      • #4
        This guy has but it was on the climb down so my harness was no longer attached to the tree. Luckily I landed on some soft ground and walked away unscathed except for a few minor cuts and bruises.

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        • #5
          Never fell, but had a close one while using my climber. I leaned forward (towards the tree) too far and started sliding fast down the smoothbark tree. After dropping about 10 feet, i ended up with my weight on my heels, stopping the slide as rapidly as it started. didn't fall though. My seat was still at the top so i had to climb back up hugging the tree. Got blisters on my fingertips trying to self arrest i guess, scary, but I never actually fell. Tree was wet too, after a rain. Great time to hunt but not to use a climber. I always wear a harness except when climbing up and down

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          • #6
            I once tried to tighten the foot platform of my climber on the fly because I realized I had not compensated quite enough for the narrower trunk 25 feet up. The cable popped out of the slot and swung out behind the tree. I sat and dangled in my mesh seat for about 10 minutes trying to figure out what to do. My calves started to burn from holding the platform up so I tried kicking the platform back into the tree and hoped that the cable would whip around and I could grab it. All that happened was that my feet about popped out of the climbing stirrups. I finally contorted myself enough to reach around the tree and get the cable and put it back in. My climber has sat in my garage since, and that was 2 years ago.

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            • #7
              Its like riding a bike, climb back on that thing

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              • #8
                It's a lot harder to kill yourself on a bike.

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                • #9
                  i have one day it was raining but i still hunted i was climbing into my stand when my glove slipped on a peg i fell bu two pegs down i caught my self my bow snagged on a tree limb went straight home

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                  • #10
                    When I was 19 I was hunting out of one of the old Baker climbing stands, AKA the Baker Suicide Seat!
                    Had it fold up and send me on a downward plunge for about 15 feet. I was lucky that I landed on my head! Seriously if I hadn't been hunting in a river bottom and very soft sandy soil I could have been seriously hurt. I suffered a "jammed" neck and had a hard, dry twigg pierce my ear. My hunting buddy was scared to death because the ear bled like a stuckhog after I pulled the stick out. Makes one believe in a safety harness and quality equipment!

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                    • #11
                      I have never fallen yet and hope to keep it that way. I always wear a safety harness (even while climbing up and down.)

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                      • #12
                        I had a portable tree stand on my back, and my buddy was going to bump me some deer. I decided to hang my Loc-on, right after a rain and wait for the bump to begin.

                        I climbed up a tree that had a V-shape in it, about 4 feet off of the ground. Several screw-in steps later, I stepped onto the stand "without" my safety harness attached. Normally, I place my foot towards the front of the stand, so my weight forces it back against the tree. This time I placed my foot on the side, and shifted my weight,causing the stand to move away from me, and I fell into the V formation of the tree.

                        I was wedged between the V of the tree,four feet off of the ground, and my insides were hurting something fierce. I worked myself free,and laid on the ground to recover. I never get in a hurry or take things for granted.

                        SAFETY FIRST!

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                        • #13
                          I haven't fallen, but I did have the bottom of my climber drop out from beneath me while I was hunting. The buckle that holds the strap that keeps the top and bottom together had failed. So there I was, sitting on the upper half with my feet dangling and 30 minutes into a morning hunt.

                          It took some creative application of my haul line to snag the bottom and pull it up.

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                          • #14
                            Not me!

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                            • #15
                              Not me!

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