ìEvery year we receive reports of archery hunters injuring themselves,î says Gary Cook, hunter education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Cook provides the following advice to help you avoid these accidents:
ï Tree stands ó before you climb a tree, make sure itís large enough to hold your weight.
To lessen the chance that youíll fall while climbing the tree, attach a hauling line to your bow, arrows and other equipment, and leave them on the ground. After youíve climbed into your tree stand, attach your safety harness. Then use your hauling line to lift your gear to you.
Cook also recommends using a portable tree stand, rather than building a ìpermanentî one. ìPermanent tree stands can deteriorate and become unsafe,î he said. ìTheyíre unsightly, too. And you can damage the tree by putting nails in it.î
ï ìUntil youíre ready to shoot, keep your arrows in a hooded quiver that covers the broadheads,î Cook said. ìOne of the most common accidents we see is archers jabbing themselves or other hunters while carrying arrows in their hand that should be in their quiver.î
State law requires that arrows be in a case while the arrows are in or on a vehicle. When youíre outside your vehicle, itís up to you to protect yourself.