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THIS BOWHUNTER is wearing a lineman’s belt while hanging a stick ladder.

Stay connected to the tree even when you’re hanging a stick ladder and stand. Most safety harnesses have lineman’s belts built in just for this purpose. These allow you to connect yourself to the tree via a rope at your beltline. The Bigger the Better When choosing a hang-on or climbing stand, get the one with the biggest platform your bank account and your back can afford. The bigger the platform, the more foot room you have and the less chance there is of stepping off an edge. There are stands on the market now with platforms measuring 25 inches wide by 34 inches deep. Would you rather be standing on that platform, or one that’s 14 inches wide by 17 inches deep? Sure, the smaller stand is probably going to be lighter, making it easier to haul to your hunting spot. But if you fall out of it while you’re turning around to take a shot at a deer, the benefit it afforded is suddenly negated. If the stand doesn’t already come with it, use grip tape on the platform to prevent slipping. Tie the Knot If you hunt from a climbing stand, then you’re working with two pieces of equipment — a platform and a climbing aid, which might or might not double as the stand’s seat. When you set up these two sections at ground level, tie them together with a length of rope or strap that’s no longer than the distance from your hip to your feet. By attaching the stand sections in
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this fashion, you’re making sure that you can always reach the platform, should it slip out from under your feet. I was testing out a new stand behind my buddy’s house one year and lost control of the platform when I put my weight on the climbing aid. I hadn’t connected the two sections of the stand, so I was stuck on the climbing aid, while the platform dropped out of my reach. My buddy had quite a laugh when I called out for him to come rescue me with a ladder. Fortunately, I was just testing out the stand and had help readily available. That’s probably not going to be the case when you’re out hunting. Stay Level-Headed This might seem like an extremely elementary tip, but make sure your climbing or hanging stand’s platform is level. I’m amazed at how often when I’m getting ready to climb into an outfitter’s or buddy’s stand I find it to be listing to one side. Any stand that leans left or right will put you off balance, which is certainly unsafe. Any time you’re off balance, your odds of falling are greatly increased. Never place a stand so that you’re lean57



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
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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
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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
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