Bow season starts Saturday, September 29, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is warning hunters about tree stand safety.
According to DNR officers, tree stands account for the majority of hunting fatalities and injuries. That is why officers say it is important to follow the safety procedures to prevent something from happening.
Luitent Dennis Feazell said it is always important to inspect equipment, clear the debris from below the tree stand, select a tree that is free from insects or rots, and a have safety harness to get into the tree.
“Use three points of contact while you’re climbing up into the stand and climbing back down. Never climb up the stand with your gear, use a toe rope to pull your weapons, your bows your guns up with you and always make sure they’re unloaded,” Feazell said.
Feazell added it is also important to bring a signaling device of some sort to communicate with someone. If someone happens to fall out of the tree stand, call 911 and make sure they are trying to keep their legs moving to promote blood flow.