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Old October 12th, 2017, 09:41 AM #1
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Question about Safety Harnesses

New hunter here. I am currently hunting out of a ground blind and have been very unsuccessful so I am starting to look at tree stands for next season. I am a bit confused about the safety harnesses. My understanding is these are similar in function to the harness that a rock climber might wear.

Well lets say the worst happens and the bottom of the stand fails or breaks, what now? I understand it keeps you from falling but I also know that any more than about 15 minutes hanging there will kill you as well. It just seems like the only way out would be cutting the harness and taking the fall anyway. Am I missing something here?

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You carry another rope or strap and use it to self-escape or stand on. Put a strap around the tree, or make a prussic knot to your lifeline. At the other end of that strap is a loop which your boots fit through. Standing on that relieves harness compression.
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I hate harnesses and never use them. The only thing they are good for is dragging deer. I tie the tree end around the neck and use the shoulder straps to pull. It works better on does due to the lack of antlers.
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I hate harnesses and never use them. The only thing they are good for is dragging deer. I tie the tree end around the neck and use the shoulder straps to pull. It works better on does due to the lack of antlers.
I put a harness on one time many years ago and felt like the harness would be the one thing that would make me fall out of the stand.

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My harness came with a strap with a loop for my boot. That can go around the tree and I can lower myself without the stand. I always tie my lower stand to the top so it can't fall. I keep the strap in my pants pocket. I hope I never need it but I would never climb without a harness.
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I have and use this...

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Having used harness for Confined Spaces, I don't mind using a harness for tree stand hunting. I've never fallen out of a tree, but I can't imagine the pain this could inflict on you. If you can't use a cell phone to call for help, you're in big trouble. I don't hunt as high as some people do, but when I climb a tree, it's better to be safe than sorry.

OP, look for videos to show you what to do. You won't die if you use the body harness type. You could probably hang there overnight without any lasting damage to your body. You won't be comfortable, but you'll still be alive when they come looking for you the next day.
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I have been required to wear a harness in a tree stand when I use guided services, such as those found on the Eastern shore.
I use a harness made by Hunter Safety Systems and I think they're available at Bass Pro.
That's where I bought mine after I found out I needed one at the last minute before a hunt.
Score one for the big box stores!

I find the harness extremely well made and I would use a harness in any event.

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Never use a rock climbing harness in a tree stand. They aren't made for that. If you can, I recommend going to the store and trying one on if possible. The different brands tend to have differing fits these days. I recently ordered a Muddy harness and it didn't fit. I'm not a fan of the HSS harnesses. To me, they seem heavy and bulky. My last one was a Gorilla. I didn't love it, but it was very adjustable. Think I'll try Seat of the Pants next.
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I personally wouldnt go up in a tree without one. Sure you could go up 100x's and never have a problem but that one time something happens....and you arent able to walk again or even worse quadraplegic or even dead.
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I have a Spider harness. It works into Scentblocker clothes. It has cobra type buckles with makes it nice to get in and out of. I've only used it with hang- on type stands. Seems over kill with the ladder stand I normally hunt from.
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I love my Muddy harness. In the past I used and hated the cheapo harnesses that come with tree stands. A quality harness makes a world of difference in comfort and I won't go up a tree without one. It (and probably most harnesses nowadays) came with a strap to support your body weight in the event of a fall. YouTube is your friend for figuring this stuff out.
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I personally wouldnt go up in a tree without one. Sure you could go up 100x's and never have a problem but that one time something happens....and you arent able to walk again or even worse quadraplegic or even dead.
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I hunt from a permanent stand with a railing so the harness is much more of a hindrance for me. If I was using a climber or a small platform stand I'd use the harness. Most of our portable stands are only 18' tall too so not to high up to begin with. I couldn't imagine being 30' up a tree on a windy day being much fun.
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I hunt from a permanent stand with a railing so the harness is much more of a hindrance for me. If I was using a climber or a small platform stand I'd use the harness. Most of our portable stands are only 18' tall too so not to high up to begin with. I couldn't imagine being 30' up a tree on a windy day being much fun.




In a climber, it's not that bad(unless you're prone to motion sickness). Just pick a stout tree.


   
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