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You should use a fall-arrest system (FAS) that is manufactured to industry standards. Never use single-strap belts and chest harnesses—they can be deadly. Before hunting, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use of your FAS and follow all safety guidelines.

Most tree stand falls occur when a hunter is climbing up or down a tree. Always use a properly fitting FAS that includes a full-body harness at all times when your feet are off the ground.

Your FAS should include these essential components.

  • Full-body harness: The vest harness is a very effective style of full-body harness.
  • Tether: The tether attaches your full-body harness to the tree strap/belt or lifeline system (see next page).
  • Suspension relief strap: This strap provides a loop to stand in if you fall.