JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Hunting season is in full swing and with everyone getting out in the woods, injuries are bound to happen.
To make sure you have a happy hunt, follow these basic safety tips while climbing in and out of a tree stand.
First, make sure you have good quality tree stands. Then make sure to have someone with you when you put your stand up.
Once installed, be sure to inspect your stand in the daylight before your hunt.
Don’t try to haul all of your gear to the stand in one trip. You can always use haul line to bring your gear up in the stand and a full-body harness attached to either the tree or stand.
Dr. Jacob Quick is an avid hunter and trauma specialist at the University of Missouri Health Center.
He's been doing research on different falls climbing in and out of tree stands and knows that safety harnesses are always a safe bet.
"They're very easy to wear, they're not cumbersome or uncomfortable or anything else. Part of the resistance of hunters to wear these things is that they've been doing it forever, for a really long time, the exact same way so why would they do it now? The reality is that their time is coming," said Dr. Quick.
Additional things you can do is put rubber soles on your boots, stair nose your steps with non-slip surfaces, and add an extra handrail with a door handle large enough to hold on to while wearing gloves.
Making sure you’re safe is the best way to have a successful hunting season without injury.