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Hunting Man 07-02-2008 03:39 PM

Bowhunting Safety Poll
Just a general question: How many of you are using some type of safey restraint every time in you're in a ladder or tree stand? Be honest! Also, what do you think is the best all around safety system for the bow hunter? For the record, I'm not proud of this but I just can't get used to wearing a safety harness.

flexj 07-02-2008 03:45 PM

not me...:bag:

ronn 07-02-2008 04:14 PM

I always use one. i use the one that came with my summit. now remember i go up 30 or more feet.

Southern Man 07-02-2008 07:51 PM

If I hunt the ladder stands I made, they have a 4' X 4' platform with a rail around them. So I don't use anything. In my climber or a hang on.......well I don't them there either, grins..... Last year was the first time I've used a safety belt in years. I'll be using them more in the future tho. I'm getting into the downhill slope of life.....

ronn 07-02-2008 10:13 PM

Sman I hope you are going to use a HARNESS not a belt. and those of you that don't you should so you will have years in the woods. as a former EMT-I any fall from higher than you are tall is a serious mechanism of injury.

BruceBruce1959 07-02-2008 10:20 PM

If I'm hunting alone I always use at LEAST my safety belt but If I'm hunting with someone I dont always use it...

joel the signman 07-03-2008 12:57 AM

always use mine i got an HSS harness its easy to put on and off .A harness saved my life when i was working on the billboards more than once.They dont work if ya dont wear it.those belt style ones are junk throw em out unless you want to be paralyzed.the vest style is the easiet ,quitest simplest one to one and use it every owe it to yourself and your family

ronn 07-03-2008 07:18 AM

Very Well Said Joel!

hoodlum38261 07-03-2008 10:17 AM

I use mine cause I have dozed off in while in the stand.

Hunting Man 07-03-2008 11:08 AM

ronn, no belt for me I have read where they are dangerous. I hunt only at 16', but even that is high enough to present problems. I know that I have to change my ways and might as well start this year. I was curious to see how many were like me. I need to smarten up as this neck thing has at the moment some balance issues that hopefully go away by October.

joel the signman 07-03-2008 12:19 PM

Hunter Safety Systems .hands down the best out there:thumbup:Hunter Safety System Reversible Safety Vest/Harness - Model HSS-4

ronn 07-03-2008 03:53 PM

yeah the belts will kill ya. got to use a harness like the one joel is talking about. i've even used mine at work. 45 ft up on a chimney case cap that was a bout 3'X3'.

Southern Man 07-03-2008 04:46 PM

Ronn, shows you how long it's been since I've used one. When I bout my belt...thats all there was...grins. My son has been talking to me about getting a harness.

wmi 07-03-2008 05:06 PM

I have been bad by not wearing mine but I will be wearing one this year. I have fallen once from 35' and was very lucky to be hunting today. I still have problems with my feet an knees because of it. I am very careful now and never get over confident when climbing but we all know sh-t happens and my clock as well as all of yours is ticking. Changing my ways because I love to hunt and fish too much to have to give it up because of laziness not wearing my safety vest. Guys I really thought I was dieing laying there alone in the woods. Sure was an empty lonely feeling. That was many years ago and to this day I have night mares.:sad:

joel the signman 07-03-2008 09:23 PM

your lucky wmi the coyotes didnt find ya.lesson learned the hard way.glad you still go out:thumbup:

joel the signman 07-03-2008 09:23 PM

by the way look around i bought mine used from someone who outgrew his .

buckfever 07-06-2008 02:07 PM

I am doing better with wearing a harness these days. Back when I strictly used a climber with a gun rest I never did. I felt safe just because i was completely surrounded by tree stand. Since i have went to using some hang-ons as well I always use a harness in one of those. And now when im by myself i always use a harness whether it be climber or hang-on. It took me having a wife and kids to start thinking more along the lines of safety and that someone's wants to see me get home in one piece tonight. I am also more cautious about what tree I set-up in too.

Safety first, wear a harness, do not be another statistic. :thumbup:

ronn 07-06-2008 02:35 PM

harnesses should be replaced every few years as well.

Rozman62 07-07-2008 04:50 PM

I do not go up in stands without my Gorilla harness vest. I am somewhat afraid of heights and the harness has boosted my confidence. When I first took it out of the package there were straps and belts everywhere. I was so confused by the mfg directions. Then I went online, found a reference picture and it all came together. It takes me about 45 seconds to secure all straps/belts. Trading 45 seconds a day is worth mitigating a lifetime of paralysis.

joel the signman 07-07-2008 11:43 PM

the sportsmans guide hunting edition has a vest for 60-70$

Hunting Man 07-08-2008 04:20 PM

How about noise from the safety strap around the tree, especially loose bark trees? I'm going to get a harness this year and get used to wearing it. When I was young I wasn't afraid of much, these days I think a bit more before doing. :yes:

BruceBruce1959 07-08-2008 04:31 PM

HM, If you're having some problems with your balance being off because of the surgery
you might want to consider a ground blind for this season.
There's no rule saying you have to be in a tree-stand to be successful

ronn 07-08-2008 05:02 PM

You'll be fine. Just
You'll be fine. Just use common sense. The cell phone idea was a good one. Make sure peploe know exactly where you will be hunting, and how long. Show them on a map so they know precisely. Let them know when you should be home and pick an appropriate amount of time for them to come look for you if you are late. Say 4 to 8 hours. Bring a GPS, cell phone, fire starting method and tinder. A side arm and bear mace should be enough to ward off any unwanted male callers. Use your head and do not stray from the area where you told them you would be. Keep the wind in your face and have a good hunt!

Hunting Man 07-08-2008 07:19 PM

Noise is something I can't stand and the harness will have to be very quiet. BB I just watched a TV show showing deer hunting from a ground blind. The deer would look at it but not panic. The PT told me yesterday that she thinks I have a 70% chance of bowhunting this fall, well she is wrong on that one. If I have to shoot 45 lbs I'll be out there and maybe from a ground blind if I have too.

ronn 07-08-2008 07:34 PM

hahaha she was off by what about 30%? the one, harness, i use is very quite but there are some that have 3 or more metal buckles. I've never hunted from a ground blind but I've talked to guys that have had deer at 10 ft while they were sitting in one. visibility has got to be better in a tree though.

joel the signman 07-08-2008 10:12 PM

i have never noticed any noise from the strap.its vey snug against the tree.i use the rope and prussic hitch for going up the tree.i may be getting a ground blind for next season so i can sit with my nephew

Rozman62 07-14-2008 11:54 AM

The only noise I encounter is the initial placement of the strap around the tree. If you secure slow and methodical then the noise is minimized. Perhaps tooting on a grunt tube will mask the sound. Noise should be low concern as there is no substitute for safety.

Hunting Man 07-14-2008 12:23 PM

I agree safety is no1, however, noise is of a "great" concern to me just like scent elimination. Just my fleese jacket rubbing on the bark as I lean foward to turn, makes a noise that I can hear and I'm sure the deer can pick up, they may not know where it came from but it puts them on alert. I may be extreem on this but... I was really concerned with safety straps and how they strap to the trees and any noise they may make as you turn around on stand. When I started this question I was hoping to get some info on good quiet safety restraints and how many use them, I did. Thanks everyone for your responces. HM

Buckshot 07-14-2008 03:28 PM

I always wear a harness in any treestand. I use the four point harness that was supplied with the Summit stands. It is easy to put on and I never have an issue with noise. It actually helps when taking a shot in bow season, I set the tether just long enough where I stand on the end of the stand and feel it tighten up, so when I am working a shot it helps me know where I am on the stand.

The buckles can make noise if they hit the side of the stand or something. Many times I will put my harness on at the truck and were a coverall over it, end of problem.

About the ground blinds, my wife has had a doe actually stick her head in the window so I don't think they spook deer. that same morning she had a monster buck 40 yards away and was shaking so hard she couldn't hold the scope on the deer to take a shot. She's getting better though she actually pulled the trigger last year, didn't cut a hair on the deer, but at least she took the shot.

ronn 07-14-2008 03:33 PM

Well it's clear when
Well it's clear when I go away this blog turns into a liberal divrel/drool fest. Please be sure to clean up.The weather's beautiful here in Palo Alto this afternoon, seventy something degrees with a nice breeze. Still raining up north? And hey, my daughter hasn't packed her computer yet so here I am. I know you really did miss me!I'm off to the coast and gone for good this time. Try not to delude yourselve too deeply, and remember you can always head over to for a little reality if you feel the need. Cheers! Rate this comment: 0 0

joel the signman 07-14-2008 03:40 PM

I actually have my old summit harness and will give it to someone who truly needs it.just pay the need to get your own prussic hitch rope,you can make it yourself or order it from summit.PM me

timberghost 07-14-2008 05:14 PM

I too have a brand spanking new harness from last season and it's still in the sealed bag never been messed with. I got it when I bought a Strongbuilt hanger. It's a model 6001 full body harness. Like I said it's never been messed with. Send me a PM.

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