Posted 6 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
LINCOLN, Neb. – Tree stand use by hunters in Nebraska is on the rise. So is the number of injuries from the use of tree stands.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages people who hunt from an elevated stand to use a full body harness/fall-arrest system approved by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA).
Injuries can occur when a hunter falls out of a tree stand or slips while climbing into or out of one. Mike Streeter, hunter education coordinator for Game and Parks, says those injuries can be prevented by using a full body harness/fall-arrest system. He says those systems have improved over the years.
“In recent years, the only full body harness available was made of wide belts that were strapped onto the hunter and secured by large buckles,” Streeter said. “These were uncomfortable and difficult to get on. The new generation is part of a vest that the hunter slips on and then secures with a few built-in buckles. No more twisted or tangled belts or large buckles in the way.”
Public outreach on the use of full body harness/fall-arrest systems comes in several forms: