Today is Thursday, April 24, 2014rss RSS feed

Outdoor Alabama

Alabama --(Ammoland.com)- Hunting is by far one of the safest outdoor recreational activities. However, each hunting season, accidents happen that could be avoided.

One of the more common accidents, and usually most serious, is falling from an elevated position.

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) recommends that hunters always wear a full-body harness when hunting from an elevated position. Single strap belts and chest harnesses are not safe and should not be used.

The full-body harness should be attached to the tree from the moment you leave the ground until you safely return to the ground. Also, unload your gun prior to pulling it up or lowering it with a strong cord or rope.

“It sounds obvious, but wearing your harness and not attaching to the tree will not save you if you fall,” said Marisa Futral, WFF Hunter Education Coordinator.

“Most falls occur while ascending and descending, or stepping into and out of the tree stand, so it is extremely important to be attached to the tree at all times. Wearing one that is attached to the tree can save your life.”

Once at the desired height, maintain a short tether between you and the tree with no slack when sitting. The tether should be fastened to the tree at eye level or above. This will allow you to recover easier if you experience a fall. Never allow the tether strap to get under your chin or around your neck.

Other important considerations for hunting from an elevated position: carefully inspect the tree stand and harness before each use, check the expiration date printed on the label of the harness, never use a damaged or expired harness, properly fasten the tree stand to the tree prior to use, and make sure the harness is capable of supporting your body weight.

For more information about how to properly use a full-body harness and other hunting safety tips, click here. ( http://tiny.cc/7vyk7w )

About:
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .

Ammoland Click to read AmmoLand FTC Marital Disclosures Distributed to you by - AmmoLand.com – The Shooting Sports News source.
  • Leave a Comment

    • Sign up Ammoland for your Inbox

      Daily Digest

      Monthly Newsletter

    • Recent Comments

      • Ken: I am 54 with a total of 28 years government service, I cannot tell you how badly I am looking forward to...
      • Neon: So what’s wrong with the second one or variations of it?
      • John: @Marcia – While you’re on the subject of bullies, how do you feel about the current crop of...
      • Janek: If you look up ‘Alzheimer’s disease’ in the dictionary you might see Steven’s picture...
      • Crotalus Maxximus: He probably thinks ” having to pass it before we see what’s in it” is congress...
    • maximum
      Login with Facebook: Log In
      Powered by Sociable!
    • Facebook Activity

    • Google+ Direct Connect

    Copyright 2014 AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News | Sitemap | Μολὼν λαβέ

    Sign up for the Ammoland Daily Digest

    * indicates required
    Daily Digest is a daily recap of Firearms industry news, 2nd Amendment politics , and product articles delivered to the inbox. Stay informed to keep your Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
    Yes, I want the Monthly email newsletter subscription to Ammoland so I can get a single newsletter once a month on the hot new products from the Firearms Industry!
    9084264
    9579752