RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2018) – As deer season ramps up, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters to follow safety guidelines when hunting from a tree stand.
“Tree stand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters every year,” said Chet Clark, the Commission’s eastern outreach manager. “Most of these accidents are avoidable. Always remember to wear a fall-arrest system and use it properly. Also, follow your tree stand manufacturer’s recommended safety procedures. This little bit of precaution can mean all the difference when out in the field.”
The Commission’s hunter safety education campaign, Home From the Hunt, offers these tree stand safety recommendations:
“Take your time, be prepared, and don’t cut corners when hunting from a tree stand,” said Clark. “If you’re properly equipped and using the equipment as it’s intended, chances for an accident are reduced drastically. The goal is to enjoy the hunt, but ultimately to come home safely.”
Hunters can review a free tree stand safety course online. For more information on the Hunter Education Program, hunting seasons and Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits, visit ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0031.