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.

Consequently, the hunter’s family members are now reporting that his overall condition has grown steadily worse since Sunday. In fact, doctors have also diagnosed Noe with pneumonia and many of his organs are beginning to systematically shut-down. Due to numerous surgeries and operations, Noe’s family and friends are currently planning an emergency blood drive for the hunter.

All of us on the BBZ would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Kinney Noe and his loved ones during their time of need. We would also like to remind hunters to always practice treestand safety when hunting from above, because a tragic accident like Noe’s could happen to all of us at any moment. In fact, with Christmas right around the corner, now would be a great time to give a safety vest or harness to that special hunter in your life.