Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > General Hunting Forums > Whitetail Deer Hunting
 Why not wear a safety harness?? >

Why not wear a safety harness??

Whitetail Deer Hunting Gain a better understanding of the World's most popular big game animal and the techniques that will help you become a better deer hunter.

Why not wear a safety harness??

Old 09-04-2008, 09:00 AM
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
DannyD's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 2,414
Default Why not wear a safety harness??

I hunt only from the ground so i have no experience with treestand hunting and having to make a decision to wear a harness. I have seen some posts here where people mention that they do not wear one.
I am curious though. Why would someone choose not to wear safety harness? Is it uncomfortable?. Difficult to put on? Does it get in the way? Expensive?

DannyD is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 09:11 AM
Fork Horn
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 267
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

personally i agree with you on this on. I really determine the need to wear a harness depending on the stand i am hunting. I have an oversized ladder stand with foot rests, arm rests, seat, and shooting rest that very honestly you would have to jump out of to fall. I feel very secure in this and only use it duing gun season.

For archery season however, we hunt alot smaller standsthat are primarily open for 300degrees ofshootingand a few of them are hang ons... Personally being 250lbs and only being held in a tree by a 1" nylon strap that has been outside in the elements for a few weeks just never set right with me....Even the ladder stands with no arm rests are kinda hairy for me to be up in...especially when that big buck comes walking in to you. Its nice to know that if i make a wrong step, turn just a little too far, or even lean outof the standto get a better shot that i am secure to that tree and will not be hurt if i lose my balance.

The harness simply makes you even more effective in the tree and gives you the confidence to make the shot not to mention it can save your arms, legs, back, and possibly life if you take a tumble...

I finally broke down and got the HSS this year. I wont stand hunt without it.
CarpetBagger is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 09:25 AM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 22
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

The kind of safety harnesses that come with tree stands are usually the cheap kind and are pretty uncomfortable, but I'm looking into the hunter safety system, only reason why i haven't bought it yet is that it's $120. HSS looks really comfortable and easy to use so i would say its a good investment. I used one of the cheaper kinds of harnesses once and didn't like it so i sit without one. Hopefully I'll save up enough money for the HSS before the season starts up again!!
compound_man99 is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 09:36 AM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 409
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

I would recommend that noone should climb up/down, or hunt from an elevated stand of any type without the use of a climbing harness.

Safety harness are comfortable (I am not aware I am wearing on after the first trip or two) they are not difficult to put on. I can put mine on in the total darkness. I use the harness that came with my stand. However there are several safety harness vest available.

The first harness I used I had some difficulty in selecting the correct arm to put on the correct strap. So in that case I placed some electrical black tape on the right strap to make it fool proof and practiced a few times at home.

I once fell from from a ladder placed in a tree. I feel only about 12 feet on the soft dirt. My one heel took most of my weight a and twisted braking my ankle and my leg in two places.

This required surgery, 10 screws, a metal plate, 6 weeks off work, doctor bills and a lot of pain; however I did save the cat.

Luckily the accident happen early in the Spring so I was able to hunt and use my tree stand in archery season. I purchased a deer cart to get my buck out of the woods. It cost $120 and the drag was approximately 120 yards to the house. That is about a dollar a yard.

Please use safety equipment. A fall could spoil your hunt.

Born 2 Bow Hunt is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 09:42 AM
Nontypical Buck
Alpha Capo's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,076
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

everybody should use one 12foot 25 foot use it.
Alpha Capo is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 11:36 AM
Giant Nontypical
wis_bow_huntr's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Nekoosa Wi USA
Posts: 6,066
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

I dont care if youre 6 feet off the ground, PUT IT ON!!!
wis_bow_huntr is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 11:58 AM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 23
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

I used a harness for a while, but I hunt mostly in a river bottom and the ground is always really moist. Whenever a strong wind kicks up there are always some good healthy trees getting blown over. The first year I hunted with a harness on I witnessed a 50 or 60 year old oak get blown over less than 40yards from the oak I was in. All I could picture was me going down strapped to that tree, and not being able to jump away and the tree falling on me. I like the freedom.
ghostbuckhunter is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 03:56 PM
Fork Horn
Vulture6's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 216
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??


Why would someone choose not to wear safety harness?
Vulture6 is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 04:00 PM
Nontypical Buck
robbcayman's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Posts: 1,184
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable hunting from a stand without one. When I stand up to take my shot or stretch I feel nice and safe with it on.

robbcayman is offline  
Old 09-04-2008, 05:36 PM
Dominant Buck
kevin1's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ramsey , Indiana
Posts: 22,545
Default RE: Why not wear a safety harness??

I've looked at many "How high?" threads here and other BBs, and determined that a mjority of tree stand hunters seem to consider 25" as their optimum height. I've also seen a chilling statistic, falls from 25' or greater are usually fatal. I've also heard more than a few tales of hunters falling from heights of less than 15', the average height of a ladder stand,and suffering debilitating or even fatal injuries.I've personally slipped while climbing only to be saved by my harness. If you hunt from height without a safety harness you're justas stupid as those who drive without their seatbelt fastened.
kevin1 is offline  

Quick Reply: Why not wear a safety harness??

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.