BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As deer season approaches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters to make pre-hunt checks to ensure tree-stand safety and use appropriate safety gear to reduce the chance of accidents.
Each year, hunters are injured when they fall from their stands or their stands fail. Her are same basic safety tips to follow:
• Thoroughly check and inspect the stand and all safety equipment before use.
• Only use tree stands and safety equipment that meet or exceed industry standards recognized by the Treestand Manufacture's Association (TMA).
• Properly attach a Full Body Fall Arrest Harness System (FBFAHS) anytime you leave the ground, including while ascending and descending.
• Use your safety equipment properly and practice before you go hunting. Read, understand, and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
• After you are in your stand and have properly attached your FBFAHS, use a haul line to lift your equipment, including your unloaded firearm or bow into your stand. Never climb with a firearm or bow attached to your body.
• Always let a responsible person know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return. Provide them with emergency contact information in the event you do not return when expected.