Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Whitetails Unlimited Builds On Tree Stand Safety Initiative

Whitetails Unlimited’s recent Tree Stand Safety Initiative was a huge success. So much, in fact, the initiative will be extended into the upcoming banquet season that kicks off in Boone County, Missouri, on July 28. This past banquet season, the initiative focused on educating hunters on the importance of using a lifeline or safety line. The safety line is a braided nylon rope that attaches securely to the tree, and then attaches to the hunter’s Full Body Fall Arrest Harness System (FBFAHS). The rope is strong enough to support the hunter’s weight without breaking. With the inclusion of a Prusik knot, the rope allows a hunter to be connected during ascent and descent, as well as when sitting in the stand. The Prusik knot slides easily going up and down, but if there is a sudden fall, the knot tightens immediately helping to prevent serious injury.

WTU now plans to build on their initiative bringing the total expenditure to $40,000. This year the focus will be on FBAHS awareness. Any time you are above ground, you are in danger and you need to protect yourself. Hunters need to use a Full Body Fall Arrest Harness System (FBFAHS) that meets stringent industry standards. Single-strap belts and chest harnesses have proven to not be safe; and in fact, single strap belts can themselves cause serious injuries or death. The statistics state that one out of three hunters who use an elevated stand will be injured. 

“I can’t wait to roll out the second half of our Tree Stand Safety Initiative,” says Whitetails Unlimited Program Services Director Russ Austad. “The success of the first part of this initiative was monumental. We expect the second portion to be even better.”

About Whitetails Unlimited:

Since our beginning in 1982, Whitetails Unlimited has remained true to its mission and has made great strides in the field of conservation. Thanks to more than 475 chapters, 107,000-plus members, chapter volunteers, and corporate sponsors, Whitetails Unlimited has earned the reputation of being the nation’s premier organization dedicating its resources to the betterment of the white-tailed deer and its environment. Our mission is to raise funds in support of educational programs, wildlife habitat enhancement and acquisition, and preservation of the shooting sports and hunting tradition for future generations. To date, Whitetails Unlimited has expended more than $85.7 million on program services and activities that continue to enhance, and ultimately foster, our mission.

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Russ Austad, Whitetails Unlimited

Program Services Director: (920) 743-6777, Ext. 102