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be saying, “Just this one time won’t hurt.” When buying a safety harness, get the best you can possibly afford. If money is an issue, cut back somewhere else, not on the safety harness. Following are a few simple tricks I’ve learned through more than 20 years hunting from trees that you can try this season to make your treestand hunts safer. Stay Connected If you attach your safety harness to the tree from the time you leave the ground until you come back down, then the only way you can fall is if your harness malfunctions. For hunters using climbing stands, this means simply sliding your tree tether up and down the trunk as you scale the tree in each direction. Hunters using stick ladders or screw-in/ strap-on steps to climb trees should include a lifeline as part of their setup. A lifeline is a safety rope strong enough to support more than a hunter’s weight and long enough

to extend from the ground to up above the stand. Tie one end near the ground. Then, once in your stand, tie the other end of the rope way above your head, high enough so that if you should fall from your stand, the lifeline will leave you suspended right beside the stand platform, which will make it easy to get back into the stand. Your stand should be up a trunk free of branches, but if there are any branches, weave the lifeline up through those branches along the same path you take to climb the tree. Get a short length of rope that’s the same diameter and material as the lifeline, and connect it to the lifeline by tying a Prussic knot. You tie the Prussic knot by first tying your rope to make it a loop. Wrap the loop around the lifeline, pushing the knotted end underneath the opposing looped end and pulling the knotted end tight. Now the rope is grasping the lifeline. Next, spread the two strands of the rope curled around the lifeline and wrap the knotted end a second time, passing it between the spread strands and underneath the opposing loop. When the knotted end is pulled tight, there should be a barrelshaped stack of four curls of rope gripping the lifeline, with the knotted loop dangling below. Hook a carabiner to your safety harness and to the knotted loop when you’re on the ground. The Prussic knot will slide up and down the lifeline with easy pressure. Should you fall, however, the Prussic knot will cinch tight on the lifeline, keeping you from hitting the ground.
A BOWHUNTER prepares to climb a ladder to a hanging stand with harness connected to a lifeline. Notice the Prussic knot used on the lifeline.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 38
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover4
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