Tales From the Tree Stand: A Hat Tip To Hunter Safety

Posted: December 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Like I mentioned last night I took the morning off work to hit the woods bright and early. Deer gun season in central Ohio is a considered a holiday. Hell, they even give kids the opening day off school!

My youngest sister, 22, wanted someone to go so it was an easy decision with it being Friday and Ohio was set to get dumped on with snow. That was the first problem of the morning, more on that in a minute.

The stand we hunt is an elevated blind looking out over a high wall. Each year I come out to find some new improvement. Last year was a nice new Mr. Heater to keep the toes warm. This year a busted office chair for your sitting pleasure. It is starting to look more like a living room than a hunting blind now but I’ll take it. We didn’t get any of the snow yet but we received an extra helping of rain and sleet. When I was leaving this morning the temp was around 38° and steadily dropping. I didn’t care so much until we walked into the stand and the walk way out to the blind was a solid sheet of ice.  Sitting here I’m still wondering how we are getting out without falling the 15-20 feet it is to the ground below. My sister nearly took the trip down on the way in and broke the cable we had as a hand rail as she fell to her knees.

I am really thankful we have had safety drilled into us all these years. Gun unloaded, on safe, she handed me her Benelli M1 Super 90 20ga. and her pack…. and her coffee… after I made it in. We just had a hunter shot in our area already this year. From what I gathered he was hoisting his gun up to his stand and it discharged killing him. We always stress safety on the range but we also need to hold firearm safety in the field or tree stand up to the same standards.

The NRA safety rules
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready for use.

Always, Always, Always….

If we follow these rules while we are wearing our blaze orange or camo we shouldn’t have any problems and everyone should make it home with the same amount of holes in their body they started the day with.

And one last thing, when hunting with a younger sister double check her pack before you hit the woods. You might end up in a scarf making factory instead of a tree stand.

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I will be back at the beginning of the week (and maybe even sooner) with a little review of some new gear I am trying out today. Remember we are still doing the anniversary giveaway. We have met the goal of 308 so I want to thank everyone very much for how quickly we hit our goal! I will keep the giveaway open until the end of the weekend and probably pick the winner Sunday night. So if you haven’t liked the Absolute BS Facebook page or the Valkyrie Defense Group Facebook you need to get on it and have it done by Sunday night if you want your chance at some free goodies.

Now back to my view…
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