LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Opening day of bow season for deer hunters saw three hunters go to the hospital, after falling from their tree stands. Injuries that could be avoided, experts said, if those hunters used a safety harness
The state averages about 12 hunting accidents each year directly related to hunters falling from tree stands, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The safety harness can be attached in about 20 seconds. It helps keep hunters from falling from a deer stand. Stands usually sit 15 to 20 feet above the ground.
Workers at Dance's Sporting Goods in Colonial Heights said every deer stand they sell comes with a safety harness. They said some hunters upgrade to a newer-style harness which may be more comfortable.