How many use lifelines and how many dont

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by kyhunter99, Nov 4, 2020.

Harness and lifeline?

  1. Always

    35 vote(s)
  2. Sometimes

    8 vote(s)
  3. Never

    8 vote(s)
  4. Harness but no lifeline--always

    17 vote(s)
  5. Harness but no Lifeline--sometimes

    9 vote(s)
  6. Nothin ever, i live on the edge

    4 vote(s)
  1. barney

    barney 12 pointer

    Oct 11, 2005
    To this day I still get cold chills lookin back on some of the crazy crap I have done. Just a wonder...
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  2. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2013
    Washington County
    Screw in steps, and the only strap ya packed with you was to hang the stand
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  3. Mainbeam

    Mainbeam 12 pointer

    Jul 7, 2012
    True story there barney. If I get up to my foodplot soon for a hunt I’ll take a pic of a stand I hung about 14 years ago. I welded that pos in high school and I’m really not a good welder. It’s well over 30 feet and never wore nothing. Iv got a stand 5 yards from it and every time I’m in it I look up say WTH was you thinking. I never got busted in it though and shot a bunch of deer. I wouldn’t climb back in that SOB now for all the gold in Knox
  4. cdalle6

    cdalle6 6 pointer

    Sep 13, 2009
    All I know is I am fine on the ground, but when I get more than 5 feet off the ground and lose my three points of contacts, it immediately starts. Anxiety of falling, knees weak, light dizziness/unsteadiness. It may not be vertigo, it may just be major uncomfortableness when unstable and in the air. In my summit climber I am better, but still not carefree up there like many people. That feeling is always there the minute I leave the ground.
  5. barney

    barney 12 pointer

    Oct 11, 2005
    I welded up several climbers and hang ons as well. I was young and dumb, but in God's hands for sure.
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  6. trapper perry

    trapper perry 12 pointer

    May 10, 2009
    About 4 years ago on a farm I trap a bow hunter fell.Broke his neck and killed him.Left a wife and 2 kids.Boys you can’t be too carefull.
  7. barney

    barney 12 pointer

    Oct 11, 2005
    Been there a bunch lookin down at all of those steps sticking out of the tree if you fell.
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  8. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

    Sep 25, 2005
    Robertson Co.
    I have worked a few grizzly looking falls from tree stands. Those steps will gut ya and those clips that holds the ladder steps together leave nasty cuts
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  9. hoene

    hoene 8 pointer

    May 8, 2012
    Northern Ky
    A friend of mine is paralyzed from chest down, Fell asleep in stand woke up on ground. Always wear a safety vest and Lifeline.
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  10. Capttrae

    Capttrae 12 pointer

    Apr 2, 2012
    Using a ladder stand neither. Using climbers, I’m connected to the tree shortly after stepping in. Don’t use lock ons. Don’t trust them, don’t like them. Not gonna use them
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  11. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    I strap in when I use my climber. If I'm not in climber, I'm in a ladder stand. I don't strap in.
  12. bdbrown66

    bdbrown66 8 pointer

    Oct 18, 2013
    @Capttrae @bgkyarcher

    Guys, please strap in when using a ladder. Better yet, use a lifeline so you're connected all the time. Lots of people fall while climbing up or down. Ladder stands are not immune from breaking. Come home to your family at the end of the day. Friendly advice/warning.

    For those of you who don't use a lifeline with a climber, but do use a strap...why? It's so easy to climb with a lifeline, just move it up the tree with you. If your climber happens to slip or break, you're safe.

    For those who use a lifeline, put two prussic loops on it. Hook your carabiner to the top one, and make the bottom one big enough that you can put your boot in the loop. If you fall, you can slide that loop down to where you can get your boot in it, and then you can take the weight of your harness to prevent suspension trauma. By alternating, you can even ascend or descend the lifeline as necessary.

    It's a great piece of safety equipment. There's no excuse for anyone to get hurt falling from a deer stand these days.

    Y'all be careful out there, fellas.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2020
  13. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

    Jun 28, 2012
    Again, I will say, most falls don’t take place from the stand but the ascend/descend. Know a guy that had hunted years, safe for the most part, feet slipped coming down a ladder stand and he was laid up with a broke back for 9 months. He always strapped up but not going up and down. He used a tow rope and made sure he had 4 points touching at all times but things still happen. The thing I like about lifelines is that you’re strapped the entire time. Don’t have to strap up once your in because you’re always in. Stay safe y’all.
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  14. aaronc

    aaronc 12 pointer

    Jul 21, 2009
    I think it about it all the time, the dark plus flat in the middle of no where with no cell phone. Absolutely some of the dumbest stuff I ever did :eek:
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  15. Claims Rep.

    Claims Rep. 6 pointer

    Feb 6, 2010
    I’ve got too much to live for, and I don’t want the last few minutes of my life to be me laying at the bottom of a tree. So I wear a climbing harness the entire time I’m in a climber.

    I also don’t want my wife to be burdened with me at home in a paralyzed state. All because I was dumb enough to not wear a harness??? Nah, that’s a hard pass.

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