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To protect yourself in case you fall, always wear your FAS full-body harness, attaching it to the tree while at ground level and keeping it attached throughout your hunt.

  • When you are installing or climbing into or out of a tree stand, attach your FAS to the tree with a lineman’s-style belt or a climbing belt.
    • Use a lineman's-style belt when you are installing a hang-on tree stand, a climbing aid for a hang-on stand, or a ladder stand.
    • Also use the lineman's-style belt in conjunction with your harness when you are climbing into or out of a hang-on stand.
    • Use a climbing belt when you are using a climbing stand, a hang-on stand, or a climbing aid for a hang-on stand.
    • To attach your FAS full-body harness to the tree, attach one end of the lineman's-style belt to one side of the harness, wrap the belt around the tree, and attach the other end of the belt to the other side of the harness.
Vest (full-body) harness
  • When you are in any type of tree stand, including a ladder stand, use the tree strap and tether to attach your FAS to the tree. If you fall, you do not want to drop below a level that would keep you from climbing back onto the platform.
    • Attach the FAS tree strap to the tree so that the strap is at, or above, head level when you are standing.
    • After attaching the tether, adjust both the tree strap and tether so that you have no slack in the tether while seated in your stand.
  • If you do fall while in your stand:
    • Do not panic. Your FAS will hold you.
    • Signal for help.
    • Get back onto the platform as quickly as possible.
    • Use the suspension relief strap to avoid suspension trauma if you cannot get onto the platform or the ground. If you do not have a suspension relief strap, moving your legs continuously by pushing off from the tree may keep your blood flowing.