ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. -

Treestand Safety Tips and Resources:

Use a TMA approved full-body harness and stand.

Stay attached to the tree while climbing up and down and on stand.

Inspect your stand for damage before use.

Read the instructions and practice with your safety gear and stand.

Use a haul line for your gear.

Unload your gun or bow prior to pulling up or letting down.

Inspect the tree prior to placing a stand.

Ensure that the stand is secured well to the tree.

Have a means for communication on you (cell phone, whistle, etc.)

Let others know where you're hunting (plan your hunt, hunt your plan).

Secure your tether high enough so that it is snug when you sit down.

Clear rocks and any sharp debris away from the base of the tree.

Use your suspension relief system if you're unable to self rescue.

Never alter your stand or safety equipment.

Never climb a tree if you're not feeling well or on medication.

Never jump on your stand or lean out over the edge.

Never climb when there is ice or snow on the steps or stand

Never use limbs as steps.

Never use a single belt or chest strap in place of a full-body harness.

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