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by Marion Doss
Have you ever been caught up in a swaying tree due to light, moderate, or heavy winds? The anxious feeling of hunting a big buck can quickly turn into nauseousness and fear. However, your first concern should be your safety. Mother Nature has tendencies of not caring who you are, what you are doing, where you are, or even acknowledging your existence. Heaven forbid, many incidents can occur leading to injury, or even death. Some things are obvious, and some things are stuck in the back of our minds masked by our determination and dedication for our love of hunting.
SOMETIMES WE OVERLOOK SAFETY FACTORS FOR HUNTING IN WINDY CONDITIONS
Obviously, the tree you are parked, 15-20 feet up, in can blow over or snap off. Light winds personally do not concern me with this, but you never know for sure. Choosing a solid and healthy tree is a must for bow hunting. Look up high into the tree for weak or damaged limbs. Falling debris can sometimes be overlooked by hunters. Next, determine the condition of surrounding trees. You do not want to be involved in a game of tree “dominoes”. How about the ground the tree protrudes from? Soft marshy areas need special attention paid to them before setting up shop. Trees residing on hillsides, next to ravines, or next to any water source should be looked over thoroughly as well. From high up or down below, always know the structural integrity of the tree in which you will utilize.
Your safety harness is your lifeline while in a tree stand. At no time should you occupy any type of tree stand without a safety harness qualified to meet your personal conditions. Make sure you understand how to properly use your safety harness, and practice over and over putting it on and taking it off. Just like any other type of personal safety equipment, inspect your safety harness before each use. Know it in and out, and remember you will probably be putting it on in unfavorably dark conditions. Referring back to some overlooked safety factors while hunting in windy conditions, understand that you are bound to that tree by your harness. With this in mind, your safety harness can just as easily cause you grief as it can save your life. If caught in an emergency situation, you will not have time to remove your harness for a chance of extinguishing yourself from potential danger. Safety, safety, safety, followed by time spent thinking about it, practicing it, and preparing for it can give you the upper hand against one of Mother Nature’s most dangerous forces.