Eau Claire (WQOW) – Wisconsin’s archery and crossbow hunting season for deer starts Saturday. The Department of Natural Resources says nearly a quarter of all bow-hunters have had an accident involving a tree stand, but experts say a few techniques could change that.
The DNR reports less than half of Wisconsin deer hunters use a safety harness every time they climb.
Experts say you should always wear a full-body harness, use three points of contact while climbing in and out of your tree stand, and use a haul line to raise or lower your unloaded weapon instead of trying to carry it up in your hands.
Gander Outdoors Hunting Supervisor Drew Zech has known people who have lost their lives from falling off tree stands. “You want to make it home to your family. There’s no sport out there that’s worth you having that accident and you not coming home. Unfortunately they still do happen, but safety is key,” said Zech.
Zech adds before you head out, check your equipment. Make sure it’s intact with no frays or tears.