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Treestand Accident.

Post by redarrow » August 5th, 2019, 7:24 pm

Well,dang near killing myself in a fall back in 2003 I decided to give it another go. NOT ON PURPOSE! My wife and I were putting up a ladder stand,and like a dummy I threw caution to the wind.Fortunately I was only 5 feet or so up the ladder when it snapped in half. I don't know why yet. I landed on my back ,after bouncing off my wife and knocking her down.Part of the stand hit her in the back . Ambulance rice to Munsen Hosp.in Grayling. Praise God nothing broke.Extreme bruising of back and chest. Hurts like the dickens to breathe. Not sure exactly what caused the injury to my leg. My good leg.Its quite swollen .Follow up with the Dr. tomorrow at u of M. Folks please be careful out there. You are loved,and no deer is worth your life. God blesses me each and everyday,but without his hedge of protection I wouldn't be writing this. God bless.
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by HunterGKS » August 5th, 2019, 7:40 pm

Glad all y'all didn't suffer major injury. Hope the healing process is fast.
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by guesswho » August 5th, 2019, 7:45 pm

Dang Red, that could have turned out bad for both of you. I'm glad it wasn't any more serious than it was, that's bad enough. I gave up tree stands years ago. I figure this way if I fall, I'm just going to fall over instead out out. I like hunting from the ground better anyway. Be careful, and wishing the both of you a speedy recovery.
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by Hognutz » August 5th, 2019, 7:47 pm

Glad you’re ok, Billie! Prayers for a total and complete recovery!
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Post by paboxcall » August 5th, 2019, 8:07 pm

guesswho wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 7:45 pm
I gave up tree stands years ago. I figure this way if I fall, I'm just going to fall over instead out out. I like hunting from the ground better anyway. Be careful, and wishing the both of you a speedy recovery.
Wow - so glad to hear this wasn't more serious, but definitely a close one no doubt. I'm with Ronnie, ground hunt only. I had a very brief episode of what I think was vertigo in my climber, I was tied off and didn't fall, but lost my balance and almost went off. Lost my confidence for being in a tree, never was comfortable again. So I'm on the ground 100%.

Wishing you a quick recovery, would imagine if you bruised your ribs, that will take a couple weeks to heal and not be sore.
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by hoobilly » August 5th, 2019, 8:42 pm

good golly Billie!!!!

glad your both alive and half way kicking

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by gblrsrst » August 5th, 2019, 9:04 pm

Glad that's all that happened!

We can NOT be too safe with tree stands!

I teach Hunter Safety and I start out the Tree Stand Safety with ,"Who Knows Someone Who Has Fell From A Tree Stand"

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by Jbird22 » August 5th, 2019, 10:36 pm

Man I cringed when I saw the title. Glad you weren't hurt worse than you were. I had one myself back in 2012. I ended up with 3 fractures in my left foot along with a Lisfranc dislocation (exploded ligaments on the 2nd and 4th metatarsals). Had a plate and 5 screws inserted in Oct. 2012 (non weight bearing for 13 weeks) then the plate and 4 screws removed in Feb. 2013. I still have one screw in there and will from now on unless it ever becomes a problem. The foot will never be 100% but, like you, I was and still am super thankful that it didn't end much worse. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child at the time and it certainly put things into perspective. I prided myself on being safety-minded then but the one time I neglected to reconnect my lineman's belt is the time it costed me. So yes, as season approaches, remember to do everything you can to be safe! You OWE it to the ones who depend on you!

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Post by Grumpy » August 5th, 2019, 11:18 pm

Good to hear you didn't break something, tomorrow it will be real sore and more color too, I do the next day anyway.
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by jsh909 » August 6th, 2019, 7:52 am

The good news is that it happened when it did. Best of luck with your recoveries.

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by soiltester » August 6th, 2019, 8:56 am

Hope all goes well today at U of M with yer' Doc... I'll bet they recommend blood thinner tabs fer' that nasty bruise on yer' legs to ward off blood clots ;)

Glad all is better than expected than it could have been :thumbup:

God's speed on a quick healing & recovery :thumbup:
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by CamoMan4025 » August 6th, 2019, 10:05 am

That really sucks Red, looks like me and Grumpy will be making a trip up north to set your stands up fer ya!

Get better quick!
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by redarrow » August 6th, 2019, 11:07 am

CamoMan4025 wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 10:05 am
That really sucks Red, looks like me and Grumpy will be making a trip up north to set your stands up fer ya!

Get better quick!
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by decoykrvr » August 6th, 2019, 1:47 pm

Whatever you do, no matter how much it hurts, don't hold back coughing, pulling up mucus and phlegm and keeping your lungs clear. It is a recipe to contract pneumonia if you let your lungs become congested due to lack of coughing. Increase your fluid intake.

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by Roy » August 7th, 2019, 11:34 am

Any thoughts on how the ladder snapped?
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by GLS » August 7th, 2019, 12:55 pm

Glad you didn't break a bone. A buddy's wife fell out of her stand a few years ago and broke her back. She's doing fine now. Heard too many tree stand horror stories the past few years. Gil

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by soiltester » August 7th, 2019, 1:13 pm

Be nice to hear an updated report after your U of M visit??
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Post by spider316 » August 7th, 2019, 1:57 pm

Good God, please be careful !

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by sasquatch » August 7th, 2019, 3:48 pm

Glad you’re ok!

I’m trying to understand what took place though? How did the wind affect/cause this incident?


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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by Hognutz » August 7th, 2019, 4:02 pm

Throwing “caution to the wind” is an expression that means he wasn’t as careful as he maybe should have been. Just a saying. Not an actual wind.
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by Grumpy » August 7th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Kinda makes that night hunting with a spotlight, box of beer, some good cigars and a .22 magnum rifle look pretty appealing to me.... :LMAO:
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by BoxCall@68 » August 10th, 2019, 7:53 am

Same here,ground only,look for a good hidey spot,folding chair,and settle in.last time after a 15 foot elevator slide in a baker stand.kissed the ground,and there ever since.

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by crow » August 11th, 2019, 10:35 am

BoxCall@68 wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 7:53 am
Same here,ground only,look for a good hidey spot,folding chair,and settle in.last time after a 15 foot elevator slide in a baker stand.kissed the ground,and there ever since.


I had 2 Amusement park "drop rides" in one of those old Baker climber stands, that will wake you up In the morning.

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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by redarrow » August 11th, 2019, 6:20 pm

crow wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 10:35 am
BoxCall@68 wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 7:53 am
Same here,ground only,look for a good hidey spot,folding chair,and settle in.last time after a 15 foot elevator slide in a baker stand.kissed the ground,and there ever since.


I had 2 Amusement park "drop rides" in one of those old Baker climber stands, that will wake you up In the morning.

Had a baker mis hap too. Years ago.
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Re: Treestand Accident.

Post by decoykrvr » August 12th, 2019, 8:48 am

I was extremely careful in my "Slim Jim" Baker and lashed it to the tree at the aluminium base of the platform w/ a rubber strap to preclude the infamous "drop ride". In the 70's while hunting in Kentucky, I had dropped a buck and in my excitement got too close to the tree while unhooking my rubber strap resulting in a "drop ride" w/ my head bouncing and sliding down the tree. I remember wiping the blood from my eyes and looking up the tree at my hand climber, bag, and rifle about 18' above me. After a "tree hug" climb to retrieve my goods, the Baker never got more than 36" above the ground and became a deer seat until I fabricated a lighter padded unit.

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