Tree Stand Safety Study
A study of Vermont and North Carolina bowhunters revealed the following:
- 74% of the accidents occurred when climbing up or down or when installing or removing a stand.
- 7% of tree stand hunters surveyed had an accident in the last 10 years.
- 73% said poor judgment and carelessness caused their fall.
- 80% said safety was a concern but actually believed that a fall “wouldn’t happen to me.”
- Type of stand used:
- 43% self-climbing
- 34% fixed-position
- 18% ladder
- 58% of the hunters who fell were not wearing a fall-arrest system.
- 34% of the hunters surveyed now wear a fall-arrest system because of an accident.
- 39% of the accidents occurred at less than 10 feet.
- 21% of the accidents were related to structural failure.