An unfortunate reality of our sport is that sometimes it’s the hunters who don’t return home at night. Each year, too many of us die in the woods. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in 2010 over 8,000 hunting related accidents were reported out of over 16,300,000 total hunters. Statistically, the number of accidents related to total hunters isn’t too shabby, but one accident is too many. Many of us dedicated deer hunters would love to take our last peaceful breaths while enjoying the great outdoors. That being said, there’s no sense in speeding up the process.
- A majority of hardcore deer hunters take to the trees each fall hoping to gain an edge on the whitetail’s keen senses. The trees are also where most of our accidents happen. Each year, countless people fall from trees resulting in serious injuries. If a fall victim leaves with a few bumps and bruises, they are lucky. Many falls result in broken bones, paralysis, and even severe brain damage. Several people also die each year as a result of their fall. Many of these deaths are the result of obvious causes such as brain damage, and broken spine or neck. Other more obscure deaths are from being impaled on a steel fencepost or tree branch, hung upside down in a poor quality safety harness, or being paralyzed and left for dead. The possibilities for a fatal treestand fall are endless. Be sure to use proper safety equipment when hunting off the ground.