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Old 10-01-2013, 05:32 AM
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Hang everything on the tree, fanny pack included, strap in, and wait for this guy to roll up!
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Or these guys, that's what I'll be doing!!
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:39 AM
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:48 AM
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quiver off for me. usually hang it on the tree or behind my feet if I'm in my climber. Bow goes in a holder. I like it because the bow is in front of me in a vertical position. I can get to my bow with a lot less motion then turning around and grabbing it of a hanger on the tree.

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After receiving hunter indicent reports for the last 15 years, I have come to the conclusion that it is foolish to hunt from a tree stand without a full body harness. That said, the majority of incidents while bowhunting occur while climbing up or down the tree/ladder to get to the stand, so make sure you have a climbing line attached to the tree while you are climbing the tree. If you do fall, you need something that will keep you upright and take the pressure off your chest. Otherwise you will not be able to breathe - and you need to be able to breathe to get back into your stand. That means you should be using something that supports your upper and lower body. The easiest thing to use is the full-body harness that is stitched into a vest. While there are simple basic harnesses out there that support your upper and lower body (look like a web of seatbelt material), there is nothing worse than trying to untangle a harness in the dark when you are running late and the sun is starting to come up. If it is easy to put on, you are going to use it. There are harnesses on the market now that have leg stirrups that allow you to take the pressure off of your thighs and allows the blood to circulate more freely through your legs. They also have them with a strap coiled in the back that allows you to slowly lower yourself to the ground. A good harness is not cheap, but it sure is cheaper than a broken back.

Regardless of what you choose, practice using it on the ground before you get 20 feet up in the air. Position the strap so that if you do fall, you are even with the stand and just have to swing to the side to get back in. Make no mistake, if you fall out of the stand, odds are good that you will be disoriented and a bit panicked. Falling out of a tree is not fun. Best to make it easy under adverse conditions.

Not to be argumentative with other posters, but the first thing you do when you get in the stand is strap in. Then hang your backpack and pull your bow up with a pull rope.

When I used to bowhunt, I would remove my quiver and backpack and put them on a hook in the tree next to the stand. I forget the manufacturer, but they made a screw-in clip that was essentially the same as the bracket that held the quiver to the bow. It was beyond slick. You can also use the simple screw in hangers from the hardware store or sporting goods store. I put my bow in a holder like Fisheye posted. As others have said, movement is a killer and this puts the bow right next to your knee.
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Dang Shark....love the split g2's. That is a hoss for sure.
Old 10-01-2013, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by irishangler View Post
Dang Shark....love the split g2's. That is a hoss for sure.
Love the drop tine too. Would drop the string on that one first chance I got.
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I'll be out there this weekend.
To the OP, good luck and be careful. Welcome to a new obsession.
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Thanks Vander. I'm planning on strapping to the tree so I can never reach a point where I can even fall out to be hanging. And almost all of our stands have those lines with the prussik knot so we can strap in while we are climbing.

Thanks for all tips, brothers!
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PLEASE WEAR A SAFETY BELT/HARNESS AND REQUIRE YOUR KIDS TO ALSO! my oldest brother was more like a dad to me than a brother. he was 17 years older than i was. dad died in Viet Nam when i was 7 and my brother saw it as his responsibility to instill the family tradition of hunting and fishing in me and took me every time mom would let me ditch school.
my brother was disabled from a back injury he suffered while in the Army. as he got older the worse he got and the less he was able to enjoy the outdoors. in november 1996 during the rut, he couldnt stand it and went hunting without me while i was at work. he was found unconscious that evening laying at the base of a tree with the "floor" of his climbing stand 30+' still on the tree and the handle part was on the ground next to him and the wing nut was in his pocket. all i can figure out is that he got to a branch and wanted to get a little higher and took the handle apart to go above the limb and didnt strap in and lost his balance. he ALWAYS used a harness because his legs would go numb at times from his injury. he never woke up! last year was the first time i have bought a hunting license since. i went dove hunting once and it just ain't the same without him.
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Update. 2 hunts in. I stuck a doe on Saturday. 30 yds. Died where she was standing. First bow kill. My 11 yo is totally adept with his bow and his harness and all the prep with his bow and arrows that goes into his hunt. We are hooked. He drew Sunday morning but couldn't get a good shot. My buddy got that big 7. My boys standing by.
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Tat2. So sorry bro. That's a tough story. I'm a doc. I've seen enough bad shit to know how fast things can get sideways. Safety is first for us. Always tied in. No exception. And thank you and your brother for his service. Not being able to share good times with the folks you love totally changes the game. It's about being with your people, not so much what you're doing. God bless you and yours.
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ive never seen safety lines for when youre climbing. how do you guys rig that?
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Almost all of our stands are pretty big with a rail around em. We have those safety ropes with Prussic knots. Check out hunter safety systems.
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Originally Posted by camnbo View Post
Almost all of our stands are pretty big with a rail around em. We have those safety ropes with Prussic knots. Check out hunter safety systems.
and this allows you to be strapped in while climbing? ive never worn a safety harness but with my son starting to hunt i want him to so i am going to start wearing one too, im a newb when it comes to harnesses etc
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Originally Posted by wannabefishin View Post
and this allows you to be strapped in while climbing? ive never worn a safety harness but with my son starting to hunt i want him to so i am going to start wearing one too, im a newb when it comes to harnesses etc
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http://www.huntersafetysystem.com/store/
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Originally Posted by camnbo View Post
Update. 2 hunts in. I stuck a doe on Saturday. 30 yds. Died where she was standing. First bow kill. My 11 yo is totally adept with his bow and his harness and all the prep with his bow and arrows that goes into his hunt. We are hooked. He drew Sunday morning but couldn't get a good shot. My buddy got that big 7. My boys standing by.
Great work camnbo!! I've only been able to go once this year and didn't see a thing. Glad to see someone is gettin' 'er done!
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Great pic. Congrats on the first kill. Once the first one is down, it all falls into place. I fear that once your son gets started, even the neighbors will be filling their freezers with tasty venison...
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Originally Posted by camnbo View Post

X2. I wear it going up and coming down. I'm scared of heights lol. Won't climb a tree without that vest. Plus it's got ton a pockets for everything you need ! Going out Friday can't wait!

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