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NOTICE the difference between these two treestands. The larger one offers much more foot room, making it much more safe when high up in a tree.

ing forward once you’re in it. That setup will have gravity pulling you toward the front edge, and is probably also prone to slipping. Beyond that edge, of course, is nothing but air. A stand that leans slightly back toward the tree is okay, and is actually quite comfortable. Once settled into your stand, keep your safety harness on and attached to your lifeline. Many treestand falls occur because the hunter fell asleep, became dizzy or disoriented, or sick. Tighten it Down Statistics say most falls from treestands occur while getting into or out of a stand. One of the quickest ways to lose your balance climbing a stick ladder to a hanging stand, or while standing on a platform, is to have either piece of equipment shift from side to side because it’s not tightly fastened to the tree. With many of the fastening systems manufacturers provide — especially chains — it’s nearly impossible to actually get a stand or ladder completely tight to the tree. And any looseness in the connection can be magnified once the ladder or stand is carrying your weight. Use a ratchet strap at the top of your stick ladder to lock it tight to the tree. I’ve found that to be sufficient for securing an entire ladder, but if you want the
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ultimate in stability, use a ratchet on every section of the ladder. Also, you can use a ratchet strap on your hanging stand, and crank it tight to instantly and easily eliminate any movement. Place the ratchet up by the seat, rather than down at the platform. Your weight on the platform will lock it to the tree if your ratchet is near the seat, but if your platform is ratcheted, you could still have movement in the seat. Holding Hands As previously mentioned, the most accident-prone point of a treestand hunt is when the hunter is climbing into or out of the stand platform. Hunters lose their balance or their grip and then they fall. People who use stick ladders or strapon steps to access hanging stands should extend their climbing devices above the stand platform by the height of the individual hunter. By doing so, the hunter can step down onto the platform, rather than swing a leg up onto it from below. I’ve seen a lot of hunters put up stands where they hang the stand above or even with the end of their climbing stick. To get into it, they have to stand on the top rung and then hug the tree. That’s a recipe for disaster. Be sure to have hand holds above the seat to get in and out of your stand safely. Know Your Limits If climbing a stick ladder to a hang-on stand or using a climbing stand is difficult for you, you probably shouldn’t be huntGAME	 NEWS



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
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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
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