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treestand accident

gumby

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My hunting//scouting buddy's friend was removing a ladderstand this week when something went wrong, twisted and threw him into a tree. He died instantly, I'm posting this to say the danger is real and out there. He was a healthy, strong and fit person, so even if we think it can't happen to us it can.
 

DaveT1963

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dang, happens far to often. one of the reasons I prefer saddle hunting, it forces me to be attached to the tree.

Prayers for the family
 

patriotoutlaw

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This strikes close to home! I'm always thankful, but this was another wake up call for me, as to just how close we teeter on that line between life and death. I was very fortunate to come out virtually unscathed from an accident involving a ladder stand, just this week. The good old, rarely used, fairly innocuous ladder stand, is still a source of possible danger. There are a lot of us in the woods, working on presets and trimming permanent stands, this time of year. Everbody please stay safe. I offer my condolences. Prayers up for dudes family.
 

boyne bowhunter

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I have had several close calls placing and removing a ladder stand for an octogenarian hunting buddy of mine. We can't convince him to hunt from anything else or even to stay on the ground. In recent years I have taken to climbing the tree in my saddle then pulling the stand up from above so that I can secure it safely. IMHO these things are the most dangerous when putting them up and taking them down since you have to climb up to secure them when installing and unsecure then prior to getting down when uninstalling. My condolences and prayers to all involved.
 

Yodan

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Installing and removing ladder stands is something many of us have and still do a lot. You can't get complacent. You still have to think about the task every time. Thinking starts when you are on the ground not when you are up in the stand. Look job over and think safety and things that could happen and what you could do to make job safer. Every time.
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fbwguy

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I’m very sorry for yourself and his families loss. My most sincere prayers.
 

Deltahuntr

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Sorry to hear this happened. Give my condolences to the family and friends.
I believe everyone has experience or knows someone who has had a dangerous incident with the “ safe old fashioned ladder stand”. Until I used the saddle I was never 100 % tied off and have been fortunate in accidents to have not been injured myself. The old “ **** happens , sorry, it’s part of the game” statement doesn’t have to be spoken. We as saddlehunters have brought about another safer way to hunt. I appreciate all the forethought that is put into the already safest way of hunting from elevation. Look fellas, we don’t have to hunt to live, we enjoy hunting! Be safe, tie off period and Live to hunt another day. God bless all!
 

Country

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So sorry to hear. Praying for him and those close to him. Sad.
 

KYHunter

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So sorry to hear that. Praying for you and his family.

Had a close call this summer but thankfully it didn’t break all the way through and just buckled.

Hopefully your post helps all of us stay safe this summer!
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sdonx

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Whoa my heart and prayers are with you. We all take risk. Please lets limit risk.


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gumby

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So sorry to hear that. Praying for you and his family.

Had a close call this summer but thankfully it didn’t break all the way through and just buckled.

Hopefully your post helps all of us stay safe this summer!
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Another friend of mine just down the street had a ladderstand break, he fell broke feet and still can't walk, been bout 2-3 yrs ago, looking like a big X on ladderstands and I have 2.
 

Sziggy2.0

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Thoughts and prayers to his family. I absolutely love hunting but it is not that important to leave our families. We probably have all pushed the envelope of safety ( I certainly have) but in the end we need to come home to our families. This is a sad reminder for me. Wish the family finds peace in this time.
 

DaveT1963

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This is another reason why it bothers me to see people leaving stands on public land all year. Some kid might come along, find it and climb up it only to find it has rusted out. I wish game wardens would start cracking down on the idiots that leave stands out on public land year long..... should be a very steep fine for being that lazy.
 
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