It always happens to others, not this time. Right as shooting light was starting to fade I made a few tending grunts on my tube. Within seconds I hear a deer trotting toward me approaching quickly. It stopped, I hit the tube again and it was on. I spotted the large bodied deer at about 50 yards. He walked by me at 15 yards grunting like crazy and stopped behind my tree where I couldn't get a shot . Turned out to be a heavy 8pt with long tines, bigger than the one I killed last season if any of you gentlemen remember that one.
He then turned back and stopped about 15 yards from the base of my tree and looked directly up at me. Now I'm 25ft up . He walked another 3-5yds and stopped again.
I put my crosshairs on him and pulled the trigger.
Bam! My limb hit a branch. The crossbow recoiled back and the scope slammed into my face, cutting my nose (possibly breaking it).
Now I start falling backward off my platform, mind you I'm 25ft up. I let go of my crossbow and the sling somehow wrapped around my arm and it didn't plummet down. My safety harness stopped me as I toppled off the platform. My right arm swung forward and caught my tether. Somehow I pulled myself back up only to see the buck running off. My bolt flew a few feet off and grazed the deer's belly.
I'm very lucky.
Be careful out there. Hunting is suppose to be fun.
I think that is about the forth harness save I have read about on HPA so far this year. Wear them if you got them - and if you don't GET ONE! We all have a few big battles over this and that and we need everyone to make it worth while.
Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
Glad to hear you are OK. I never wore a safety belt until I fell the first time. Now it's mandatory equipement.
Sounds like you had it set up and used it properly. Just a friendly reminder to all - your safety harness will save your life - then kill you if you don't use it properly. Blood pools in your legs and you will die if you don't get back into your stand or onto a suspension relief strap. There is also the Rescue One CDS that lets you to the ground in the event of a fall.