An average of 20 hunters per year die, and many others are permanently impaired by disabilities, because of tree stand falls. That’s why August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month, so hunters remember to brush up on essential tree stand safety practices. Hunter Ed supports Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month, and has a few simple tips to keep hunters safe.

Tree stand falls are the number one cause of serious injuries or death to deer hunters, but they are preventable if you follow these basic steps.

1. Wear a fall-arrest system, which includes a full-body harness.

2. Stay connected to the tree the whole time you are off the ground.

3. See that your buddies do the same.

Tree stand harnesses are one part of a fall-arrest system (FAS). Components should include a full-body harness, a lineman’s-style belt (or a climbing belt), a tree strap, a tether, a suspension-relief strap, and a lifeline system. When used properly, these components can protect hunters from a dangerous fall. Always follow manufacturer recommendations when using your FAS.

Any hunter who can’t wear an FAS properly should stay on the ground.

You and those you hunt with should always use a full-body harness and lineman’s-style belt or lifeline to stay connected to the tree from the time you leave the ground until you get back down. Following these simple steps can save lives.

 

It’s our favorite time of the year. No disrespect to the spring and summer months, but just the thought of fall is what gets us up in the early hours of morning. Although hunting season opening dates vary widely across the states and by species, the hunting community is bursting — or should we say Tweeting — with excitement. We’re already seeing hero shots that we love. Take a look at what the Twitter-verse is saying about this year’s hunting seasons.

The Anticipation

Are you one of those people who wishes hunting season was year-round? If so, you’ve been counting down the days since last year’s season ended — and we don’t blame you! Take comfort in knowing that you’re not the only one suffering.

 

It’s about finding yourself.

https://twitter.com/jb_powers/statuses/379447096556154880

 

Checklist.

https://twitter.com/dknapp35/status/386217607734378496

 

The ladies are in.

https://twitter.com/LadyInTheSticks/status/387230726078226432

 

The dogs are in, too.

https://twitter.com/pheasants4ever/statuses/376101943594070016

 

NASCAR racing professional, Brian Scott, is in a hurry to get to it.

https://twitter.com/bscottracing/statuses/380292356114628609

 

Ready to Hunt is well, you know, always ready to hunt.

https://twitter.com/readyt0hunt/statuses/378599099005534209

 

Even the freezer is ready!

https://twitter.com/shannynmoore/statuses/374341699490680832

The Education

If you haven’t completed your hunter safety education course, your anticipation will lead to nothing but frustration as you sit out for another year. Take a look at what current students are saying about their hunter safety education course. Don’t let these hunters have all the fun!

 

In great company.

 

Tsk, tsk, no bribes.

https://twitter.com/TIGGY_Poret/statuses/378217737837101057

 

Cues Jeopardy theme music.

https://twitter.com/ihaveasoul94/status/385841950081159168

 

Jealousy.

https://twitter.com/Morgaan96/status/385928799554400256

 

A father’s pride.

https://twitter.com/brianjohnsonM/status/384423031361118208

 

Priorities.

https://twitter.com/Katie_Myyy_Lady/status/385594397842079744

 

A new class of safe hunters.

https://twitter.com/BigAlFishes/statuses/371386296411107328

 

A great recommendation.

https://twitter.com/WesHartline/statuses/369267832057393153

The Preparation

If practice makes perfect, then there are plenty of hunters gearing up for the upcoming seasons. From the game that trail cameras have picked up, to sharpening your shooting techniques, preparing for the hunt is just as important — and can be as fun — as being out in the field.

 

Country music and football unite.

https://twitter.com/ryansuccop/statuses/380372182246776832

 

Like father, like daughter.

https://twitter.com/Quacker_Stacker/status/385592258679947264

 

Game of Thrones.’

https://twitter.com/BoltonRamsay/statuses/378978382051958784

 

Grabbing the right gear.

https://twitter.com/Tubeslinger/status/383400926008336384

 

Scoping it out.

https://twitter.com/TheMoose63/statuses/379624560716681216

 

Alternative pillow uses.*

https://twitter.com/M_myers92/statuses/379327151621013504

(*Reminder: Never rest your barrel on a support, only the stock, to avoid affecting accuracy.)

The Results

Hunting season is great for the memories, but it’s even better if it includes hauling in meat for your freezer or a trophy for your wall. Check out what these hunters have already harvested this season.

 

Dove season success.

https://twitter.com/tylerdrum/statuses/376882088927965184

 

Bringing home the buck.

https://twitter.com/OzonicsHunting/statuses/380339043940061185

 

Teal tricked by a misleading sign.

https://twitter.com/Bon_JoeV/statuses/379256944306831360

 

A New Mexico mega-muley takedown.

https://twitter.com/ChuckMooreTN/statuses/379674943950442496

 

From the field to the stream.

https://twitter.com/ShopFieldStream/statuses/380351623635038208

 

A season of firsts.

https://twitter.com/NateHosie/status/387265259364302848

 

Tapped out.

https://twitter.com/_sam_morton/status/387282837206233088

The Almost There…

These Tweeters need a new definition of hunting season.

 

We think she meant “buck.”

https://twitter.com/xoaudreyblakexo/statuses/377510044776280064

 

Unfortunately, our course does not cover Nerf guns.

https://twitter.com/GrantLeee3/statuses/374717147366182915

If you know someone who needs their hunting safety certificate or needs a refresher to brush up on their skills, send them to their state page at www.hunter-ed.com. If you see a funny Tweet or other social media post about hunting season, Tweet it to us at @Hunter_ed!