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)
    43.2%
  2. Sometimes

    8 vote(s)
    9.9%
  3. Never

    8 vote(s)
    9.9%
  4. Harness but no lifeline--always

    17 vote(s)
    21.0%
  5. Harness but no Lifeline--sometimes

    9 vote(s)
    11.1%
  6. Nothin ever, i live on the edge

    4 vote(s)
    4.9%
  1. cedar ridge

    cedar ridge 6 pointer

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  2. bdbrown66

    bdbrown66 8 pointer

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    Make your own. There is plenty of info out there on how to do it. Videos on YouTube.
     
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  3. invasion36

    invasion36 10 pointer

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    Sportsman’s wharehouse has the muddy lifelines for 34$. I bought one the other day. I am sure you can order online.
     
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  4. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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  5. Munson

    Munson 12 pointer

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    Thanks! idk why I haven't thought of that. I'll do a little price checkin to average it out.
    Any particular place you order a spool from?
     
  6. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    If you do your own don’t go cheap on the carabiners. Make sure they are rated for climbing. That’s one thing about the ready made lifelines, may cost you, but have good strong carabiners. Watch eBay, Amazon, especially after season. I’ve bought 2-3packs of the HSS lifeline, one for $69 and one for $79, they usually go $99+.Not only do they have a nice carabiners but with very minimal light I can see mine from 60-70yds through the woods.
     
  7. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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  8. wolverine1

    wolverine1 12 pointer

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    I switched to a rock climbing harness last year, like it WAY better than a traditional harness.
     
  9. Munson

    Munson 12 pointer

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    I got it in my cart too lol but I'm gonna check with my ex BIL thats big into saddle hunting so I thought I might save a buck checkin with him. I know he buys the flat nylon webbing material in bulk for his small biz. He goes 110% on whatever he does(like OCD) so im not concerned about his choice in quality rope. The lineman belt & bridge he made for my saddle seem like better quality than my hss safety tether. Carabiners are also top notch that rock climbers use, lightweight& the auto lock system is quick n easy.
    Did yall know they cut that heavy rope and webbing material with a gadget that heats up a thin wire, slices it like butter and melts the ends in one motion.
     
  10. HuntressOfLight

    HuntressOfLight 12 pointer

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    Guarding my lovely bluebirds
  11. rockhousehunter

    rockhousehunter 10 pointer

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    I was wondering, does that reflective rope on the lifeline bother the deer? Always wondered if they could see that with their eyes being crazy different than ours. Also, what do you boys use when hunting a double ladder stand with a kid? Do you use 2 lifelines? A combination or what?
     
  12. Cornpile

    Cornpile 12 pointer

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    I dont leave the ground anymore. I did when I bow hunted with a climber or ladder stand.
    When I first started deer hunting,there was no such thing. Dam, Im getting old.......
     
  13. BuckNest

    BuckNest 6 pointer

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    Screw in steps cost me 3 broken ribs and 25 stitches. One morning I didn't realize I had mud on my boots and slipped off of one towards the top, slid down the face of the tree and caught one in the ribcage. 12 years ago, ribs still hurt to the touch today.
     
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  14. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

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    Ouch glad your still able to get out. Could’ve been worse.
     
  15. bdbrown66

    bdbrown66 8 pointer

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    Here's what I did:

    Bought these carabiners from HSS:
    https://huntersafetysystem.com/collections/lifelines-manual/products/recon-carabiners

    Bought this from Lowes. It's the vertical lifeline. For normal ladder stands, I cut it in 24' lengths. That gives me enough to make a loop in the end, go around the tree, and reach to the bottom of the ladder.
    20200809_134418.jpg

    Bought this at Walmart. This is what I make the prussic knots with.
    20200809_134440.jpg

    You'll have to do some experimentation to find out how much you need in order to make your prussic knot. You can always use some cheap clothesline, etc. to experiment with until you get the length down, before you start cutting your real rope.

    Note that both of these ropes have a safe working load of just under 400 lbs. I'm just a little over 200, so that gives me a fairly safe margin of error for rope strength in case of a fall. If you're a big dude, you may have to find something stronger. Also, I put my ropes out right before the season starts, and bring them in when the season is over. Leaving them out in the woods all year long will weather them and make them unsafe.

    As I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of YouTube videos out there on how to make them. Check those out.

    Be safe.

    Brian
     
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