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Another Tragic Treestand Accident

November 30, 2011

At one point or another, all of us have probably climbed into a treestand without wearing a safety vest or harness. After working hard all week, it’s really easy to forget and leave our vests back at home or in the vehicle. Sometimes we just don’t take the time to strap ourselves securely to a tree, because we’re trying to hurry up and hunt. Unfortunately, in most cases, we think that a tragic treestand accident will never happen to us. It’s just a statistic that occasionally involves other hunters. Sadly, treestand related accidents and deaths consistently take place each and every deer season. For example, earlier this month a veteran hunter named Kinney Noe fell from his treestand while deer hunting in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Upon impact, he hit a jagged limb that penetrated both his liver and lungs. In addition, Noe also broke multiple ribs, and sustained several other major injuries from the fall.

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