Harnesses For Hunters Program
Have you ever fallen out of a tree stand? Know anyone who has? I want to help spread the word on a great program that Will Jenkins started over at TheWillToHunt.com. It's called Harnesses For Hunters. There's an entire write up over on his blog. Here's an excerpt:
I started this project after pulling up my hunting news feed on Google News and the top 3 stories involved hunter injuries or deaths caused by falling from a tree stand. Then I went to Twitter and someone had tweeted a link to a story mentioning the same thing. So I decided to do something about it!
I know a lot of people use what I consider a premium fall restraint or harness whether it's a Hunter Safety System, Summit, Muddy or other brand, but as we build up our gear stock pile most tree stands come with what I'll call a generic harness. They may not be the most comfortable or they may be slightly bulky but they will save your life. So if you are a person that has a harness premium or generic and has accumulated some extra harnesses as you've gotten tree stands why don't you give back to the hunting community and give it to someone that needs one?
Go check out the program. Why am I promoting this so much? I know a few people who have fallen out of stands because they were too 'macho' or 'safe' to have to wear one. Two guys I went to high school with broke bones. They were lucky. For an incredible true story about why you should wear a safety harness, head over to Bill Howard Outdoors and read his post.
I didn't start wearing one until 10 years ago and even then it was tough, but I knew I needed to be safe. I cannot count the times I have missed a step, slipped on some ice of just nodded off on stand (it happens). I won't go in a stand without a safety harness now. In each seminar where I am discussing gear I am sure to mention it. You can be sure I'll mention this program.
If you are a person that has a spare harness (premium or generic, it doesn't matter) or has accumulated some extra harnesses that came with your tree stands would you consider giving back to the hunting community and give it to someone that needs one? You could help save someone's life!