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Hunter Safety!!!

A guy in camp fell yesterday - 25 feet from a climber

I do not know the details of how and why he fell but he has a broken wrist, bruised hip and bruised spleen

He is probably lucky with those few injuries

He left his stand in the woods, went to hospital and got patched up and then drove home to Alabama from Illinois

Terrible way to start a hunt (it was his first day) but goes to show you we cannot be TOO careful!!!

Jim

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Poor guy.  I wonder if he had

Poor guy.  I wonder if he had a safety harness but just didn't hook it yet or if he just didn't have one at all.  Really the safest way is to have the system where the line extends from the top to the ground with a prussic knot on it so you can hook onto it at ground level.  You just move the knot up as you climb and that way you're always connected and safe. 

That had to be a long miserable drive for the poor guy.

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That sucks.  We actually had

That sucks.  We actually had an acquaintenance a few years ago who didn't return from his evening hunt.  One of his sons went to his stand and found him laying dead at the base.  Vey sad.  Pays to wear that harness.

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That's terrible to hear about

That's terrible to hear about the guys fall. Thankfully, he survived without extensive injuries. I had never heard of anyone falling from a climber. I've heard about the occassional slip while using a climber, but never anyone falling.

This is sad to say but I don't use a safety harness when I'm using my climber. I guess I feel safe enough already. I'm enclosed in the seat platform, not expecting to fall out of it.

CVC, isn't that system mainly used with Loc-on type treestands? I guess you could use it with a climber as long as it didn't get in the way.

I usually use the basic climbing belt. Maybe I should start setting aside the money to buy one of those Hunter Safety Systems. They are expensive, but my life is priceless-although my girlfriend wouldn't agree with that right now. Hahaha

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The system with the line

The system with the line running all the way to the ground is intended for a hang on or even a ladder stand, not the climber.  For the climber a similar system is used.  It is the same principle with the prussic knot, but you don't need to have the line run all the way to the ground.  You simply move it up as you move up, but you're always connected in case you fall.

 

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I have seen folks use the

I have seen folks use the line for a climbing tree... you just anchor the line at the top the first time you are up there and in the future, all you need do to climb that tree is slide the Prussic up and down the line as you climb... that way you do not have to reposition the loop on the tree each time you want to take a "step" up and down.

I guess the question then may become how long you can leave the line there and not be worried about line failure from weather and UV degradation of the line.

I climbed some crooked trees this week and some very hard trees... makes it even more imperative to follow the safety rules.

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I guess it works good as long

I guess it works good as long as your tree doesn't fall...like mine did...Hahahaha

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I have left my out all season

I have left my out all season and I have not seen any degradation to it.  Still looks brand new.  Even the squirrels leave it alone.  I do inspect it along with the knot too.

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