Technical Guide: Tree Stand Safety Harness
When it comes to tree stand safety, the biggest defense of tree stand accidents is the wearing of a safety harness, preferably, a full-body harness. In a study, only 15% of hunters wear a safety harness, although studies in other parts of the country report figures up to 30%.
Remember to use a fall restraint system, which is any device that hunters use to attach themselves to the tree to keep them from falling to the ground in an uncontrolled manner. It also allows a hunter to safely descend to the ground after falling.
A full body harness has straps under the legs and over the shoulders that are designed to keep you upright if you are involved in a tree stand accident. The wearing of a full body harness doesn't guarantee you won't have an accident. However, it minimizes the potential for serious injury.
It is your best asset in tree stand safety.