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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 10:54 PM
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How about suspension relief strap. fits in your pocket and if you fall , you pull it out and use it. They make some that double as a deer drag. HSS I think gives them with every vest, If your hanging there, you hook into your vest, put your foot in a loop and your able to take pressure off body to make a call or whatever you need. I also have some with a loop on both ends, wrap around tree through one loop, and foot goes in free end. All my stands have lifelines ,so its easy to have with me for every stand.
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if i fall, its because i fell asleep. i just get right back up and sit down again. i hunt from the ground
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I have a vest with Suspension Relief Strap (SRS), but you still need someone else to rescue you. I don't want to be left hanging. I am trying to find a way to get myself down safely. It appears the Wingman will do that.
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the longer you hang on the side of the tree with al your weight on the harness, the more your circulation is going to get cut off. buy the one that lowers yourself to the ground.


i remember years ago there was a hunter found dead hanging from a tree. he fell, was suspended by his harness or rig and tried to get himself back into the stand. from the reports i read it appeared that he got tangled in his harness, fell again or slipped and part of the harness wound up around his neck, hanging him.


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I have a vest with Suspension Relief Strap (SRS), but you still need someone else to rescue you. I don't want to be left hanging. I am trying to find a way to get myself down safely. It appears the Wingman will do that.
I dont think you'll regret the Wingman. I would say to try it out at low level with someone around to get comfortable with it. That way you have no doubt in your mind and you can adjust iit as needed based on your weight.
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Get a rock climbing harness. If you fall you'll be facing the tree with the rope in front of you, VERY important! On a regular harness you're suspended with your back to the tree and the rope above and behind you, good luck doing anything in that position.

Try a self rescue with a helper present and your feet a foot or two off the ground. You'll learn alot about what's possible and what's not.
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First thought, on a quality treestand that is properly inspected for damage and properly maintained, I think the odds of one breaking are exceptionally small. The most likely reason for a fall is a mistake or misstep by the hunter. Lose your balance, or make a mental error when dead tired after going all-in five straight days during the rut. I think the most likely scenario is to make that human error and fall off the stand, but then I am hanging right there near the stand with a chance to climb back into a lock-on, or manipulate and move a climber so at least I can get on the platform. But also nothing is impossible.

That being said, some of these devices look pretty neat, my only concern is that it would be one more thing that needs to be learned how to use correctly. And remembered to be used correctly. Each little thing we add to the process gives us one more chance to mess up.

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post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-01-2019, 08:05 PM
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I agree that trying the Wingman our is a nice option. I tried mine out from about 10ft and it worked great. I now use it any stand I am hunting from. It is a great peace of minds especially in my climber when I am hunting alone to know I have a way of getting down safely.




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I have a vest with Suspension Relief Strap (SRS), but you still need someone else to rescue you. I don't want to be left hanging. I am trying to find a way to get myself down safely. It appears the Wingman will do that.
I dont think you'll regret the Wingman. I would say to try it out at low level with someone around to get comfortable with it. That way you have no doubt in your mind and you can adjust iit as needed based on your weight.
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Another vote for treestand wingman. Tested mine out from full height in my stand. Worked really well. I’m 6’2” 250 so not a small guy and it worked great.

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Most of those devises would be impractical to use with a climber.When I use a climber,I stay strapped in as soon as I leave the ground,moving the rope up as I go.I've never fallen but have slid down a few trees in the old Loggy Bayou days.In the event of a fall,I keep a folding screw in step in my vest pocket.That way you can screw it in and get back on the platform.
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