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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.
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