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Tree Stand Safety


An Iowa hunter is dead after falling from his tree stand. Conservation police say Clint Lawrence was found dead near Mount Pleasant about 8:30 last night. It appears the Vinton man fell 17 feet from his tree stand. Officers are still investigating what happened, but say Lawrence did have a safety belt on.

"Even if you have a safety harness on, sometimes people become complacent with that, yeah I am safe secure, I can lean out, I can do whatever I need to do. It's a safety harness to help you should you fall, but you still don't want to fall with it on and sometimes if it's not worn completely correct it can have deadly circumstances," Iowa Conservation Officer Jeff Harrison said.

Harrison says falling from a tree stand whether you are already in it or on your way up can happen very quickly. That's why it's important to not only have a safety belt on, preferably the harness type, but also a plan.

"Make sure somebody knows where you are going to be and have a backup plan if you should fall out. How are you going to right yourself if you fall? Is there somebody call? Is your cell phone accessible?"

Harrison says you should keep your phone in your pocket, so you can call someone for help in case there is an accident. He says a rope system like this is also a good idea so you have something that can catch you if you slip and fall when climbing up and down and the tree. Always checking your equipment, like safety belts, ratchets and more, to make sure it is in good condition is also important.

"A lot of these tree stands are put up at the beginning of the season and they are left out there until the last day of the season or a couple of weeks there after. Some people leave them up year after year after and they don't check to make sure squirrels haven't ate through the ratchet straps. You really need to check them make sure they are safe."

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