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I have a freind named Bernie, He is my Mom's 77 (I think) year old neighbor, who is always hanging around at Ma's asking questions about hunting. I took him hunting a few times in the last couple years... He is a pretty cool dude. Well he came over before rut and said he was going up to Black river falls to bowhunt and was asking some advice as well as just wanting to talk hunting. I asked him about his safety harness cause he uses one of those old one strap deals that will kill ya if you fall... I told him about the vest that Whitetail Addictions gave me and took him out by the truck and showed it to him... After hearing they were over $100. he said he could not afford it on his retirement budget... I asked him what his life was worth... That was the last thing I said to him... I was notified he fell out of his stand and his harness failed. He broke 5 ribs and punctured one lung. It took 1 1/2 hours before any body came looking for him.... He is in the hospital in Black river, he has been in Intensive care for about two weeks now... Those words I last told him keep ringing in my ears....
This is the second good friend who was severly injured this year from a treestand fall.
PLEASE be safe out there!

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Good reminder. Hope your friend comes out of it OK.

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Sorry to hear about the fella.
This does bring to mind an interesting topic though. Why are those vests $100 + anyway? Its just a lil nylon and some metal. Probably costs no more than $10 to manufacture and deliver at the most? People often ask the very same question that you asked him. But the simple fact is, not everyone CAN afford $100 bucks more than what they have already invested. Some of these manufacturers are preying on the fact of safety and your "need" for it. And they exploit this need with costs that are so inflated that they should be illegal. Hunting costs have sored over the past 10 years, be it taxes, equipment cost, all the other good stuff. In the past 10 years, prices have more than tripled for the very same things you got back then (minus some of the new fangled safety stuff) and some folks just cant afford the very best of things because of this fact.
These accidents are proof that the need is there, but maybe we should not be asking "what is your life worth" but more like why are these costs so rediculously high that you are chasing us away from safe hunting? I personaly feel that if they would lower the cost then they would find they would not lose money but actually increase their proffit margin through volume sales. We all like the new safety vests for many reasons so it would be reasonable to assume that if they would lower the price to where its affordable by all, then they would more than make up for it in volume sales.

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I hope Bernie comes out ok. He's lucky anybody even came looking for him so soon.

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Thx for the reminder.

i hope he turns out ok ill pray for him

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Don't blame the mfg - they are not in the business of humanitarian aid, but are there to make a profit.

A safety harness is supplied with all new tree stands and while not as convenient as the vest serves the same function and level of safety.

I'll admit I haven't bought a vest because of the cost, but instead to use the safety harness supplied with my tree stand.

If someone doesn't have a harness they can purchase one - they don't need to buy the safety vest.

And really, $100 is not that expensive considering what we pay for other hunting gear.

Yes it is sad that the gentleman was hurt, but it is not the fault of the vest mfg's.

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It seems that every year, we hear about such accidents locally. I know that I have been lucky over the years. I think that from now on, I'll use a harness. Thanks for the post.......

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We also need to remember safety when climbing in and out of our treestands.

About 10 years ago my teenage daughter fell while climbing down. She used her harness religiously while in the stand, but her foot slipped off the 1st step from the top. I was in a treestand above her and always had her climb down before I did. She broke her ankle and it made me feel just terrible.

My friend was climbing down a couple of years ago after setting up a tree stand during the summer. He was almost down and jumped off the bottom step. He caught his wedding ring on a tree step and ripped his ring finger off. It was only held on by a small piece of skin. Fortunately, they sewed his finger back on.

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I don't hunt from elevated stands, at least partly because of stories like those on this thread. I am not a trophy hunter, any mature doe or buck will satisfy me. I'm in it for the rich experience of hunting and for the meat. I have been able to be consistently successful -- hunting non-trophy deer -- without resorting to elevated stands and using simple improvised ground blinds (find a place overlooking a deer run, in the shadows for the morning/evening ambush session, with brush or other ground clutter shielding your legs and torso, wear a head-net, move little and when you move move slowly, choose position based on wind conditions). When I first started hunting my area I climbed up in a tree in the morning dark and found it to be very precarious and dangerous, so I gave that up. I wonder if even bow hunters might not be able to be successful without resorting to elevated stands?

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He may not have been able to afford $100, but maybe $50? Just about every store in America has gift certificates. Everyone has a birthday and everyone celebrates a holiday or two over the year. if you can't/don't want to buy someone a safety harness/vest, get a gift cert, and wrap it up with a picture or catalog photo of one. The idea is that you are giving them the gift card so they can buy a harness. Think of it as giving the gift of life.

Otherwise, give him yours and tell your souse that you lost yours and need a new one.

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CVC wrote:

A safety harness is supplied with all new tree stands and while not as convenient as the vest serves the same function and level of safety.

I'll admit I haven't bought a vest because of the cost, but instead to use the safety harness supplied with my tree stand.

I have probably a dozen of these supplied harnesses, if somebody wants one and wants to pay for the shipping let me know.

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