Another tree stand accident

Discussion in 'Whitetails General' started by 90acres, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. 90acres

    90acres The good ole days

    Mar 4, 2003
    Seems to be lots of them this year. I've heard of more than I ever have before.

    A buddy of mine in Tennessee was climbing a tree with his Ole Man climber and one of the pins popped out of his upper part and he did a back flip out of the stand. I gave him crap about not having his safety harness on, but he said he did, he just didn't attach the linemen's belt to the tree as he ascended. I imagine lots of folks do that. He broke two vertebrae and cracked two more. He now has screws and pins in his back, and he's in considerable pain, but luckily no paralysis. Lucky to be alive I'm thinking.

  2. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Wow... sounds like he got really lucky.
    Thanks for the reminder Tim.

  3. archer66

    archer66 5 shots 1 kill

    Jun 21, 2008
    Scary stuff.....
  4. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    I was thinking about this last weekend.

    The thing that came to mind was "use one while you are still able" or "use one while you still need one"... something like that.
    Its really easy to get complacent when you are "up" but I know way too many people that took a chance and dont need a harness anymore, if you know what I mean.
    Just a couple of thoughts here.
  5. Rifleman

    Rifleman Member

    Aug 20, 2009
    When I used a climber, I did the same thing. Waited until I was at my desired height to attach the belt to the tree - pretty stupid in hindsight.

    What's worse is thinking back to when I first started hunting and never used any kind of safety harness. Fortunately the worst that ever happened was the bottom part coming loose and crashing to the ground , leaving me hanging from the top portion. Took some time, but I was able to shimmy down the tree.

    Another bonus of taking the kids hunting - I don't use that climber anymore!


    CLIFFHANGER Active Member

    Sorry to hear of his fall!
    Take notice people Stay Safe out there :rules: