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Old 10-18-2011, 10:20 AM   #1
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Just recently Mike Mckinsky with Team Real Tree fell to his death from a tree-stand up 17 feet. Reports say he had lowered his bow and was coming down and fell. Mike was a good guy with years of hunting experience. This is a tragic. Please pray for Mike and his family. Another loss from a tree-stand.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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Sad to hear these kind of stories. Did he slip while going up or didn't have his safety belt on? Any details on how it happened?
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #3
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Thats sad, prayers to the family


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Old 10-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #4
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horrible!! seems like a team realtree member would know to be harnessed at all times!
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #5
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Sad to hear.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:26 AM   #6
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Wear your safty harness guys. Prayers sent.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #7
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Sad....Prayers sent!!
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #8
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It was Mike McKinsey...Realtree videographer and hunter. Prayers up.

I'm just not comfortable until I have my harness connected to the tree. I did without for a few years. It's just not worth it.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #9
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Sad for sure, prayers sent . Please guys, wear your safty harnesses .
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Anyone know what happened? Prayers to his family/friends.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:31 AM   #12
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Prayers for family!
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:32 AM   #13
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Prayers sent up. Be safe guys and gals.
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Thats terrible to hear. Prayers for the family
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SAFETY ROPE when going up guys... the harness is useless unless your connected.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:34 AM   #16
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:34 AM   #17
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:36 AM   #18
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Links no good, so sad
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:36 AM   #19
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Mike was supposed to meet his buddies back at the truck and he never showed up, so they went looking for him and he was on the ground, not breathing. It was apparent Mike just fell out of the tree. I dont think they really know exactly what went down. Maybe he had a vest on and was on his way up and just slipped..frost..wet? I know you are supposed to use a safety line going up but I bet a lot of people assume they can just make it up to the stand then strap in. Just a lot of things that could have happened. I dont know if anyone really knows.
Prayers to his family and friends. Sad.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:37 AM   #20
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After reading...

quick question.


How many of y'all tether all the way up/down to/from your stand?


I can honstly say, I don't...

I also don't hunt out of many trees or trees that are straight.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:39 AM   #21
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Prayers go up for his family's strength- hate to hear these stories,but I try to learn from them.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:40 AM   #22
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from the article.....


Monday, October 17, 2011

HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a 48-year-old deer hunter has died after falling from a tree stand in Abbeville County.

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Investigators said Mike McKinsey had lowered his bow and was climbing out of the stand in the northeast part of Abbeville County on Friday when he appears to have lost his footing and fell about 18 feet.

Authorities say McKinsey was supposed to meet his hunting buddies later at their vehicles, but when he didn't show up, the men went back in the woods and found him.

Investigators say an autopsy determined McKinsey died from injuries suffered from the fall and his death has been ruled accidental.





I just put a teather on my tree stand this year....falling is not an option!
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:41 AM   #23
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We have a safety line on ALL of our stands (except the shorter ladders..)..
I wont climb with out being connected...
We have a 30' platform stand (tree house like floor thing between two trees on a creek).. if that safety line wasn't there.. it would be the most unused stand ever.. its not easy to get into, and the climb is on screw in steps.(gut hooks)..
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:42 AM   #24
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After reading...

quick question.


How many of y'all tether all the way up to your stand?


I can honstly say, I don't...

I also don't hunt out of many trees or trees that are straight.
I do every time. My 6 YO daughter doesn't want to grow up without a daddy. And I don't want to live through it only to have my wife have to change my diaper because I'm a quadripligic.
Are you in that much of a hurry that its worth not taking the few minutes needed?
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:43 AM   #25
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Chad....I dont. After reading about Mike I should. I hunted many years in Montana with no strap but was extremely careful. I go up about 15 ft. After reading about all the people falling I bought a good Hunter Safety Vest. I use it. I used to climb trees like a monkey when I was a kid. So all the talk about safety 30 years ago I took with a grain of salt. As my thinking was....there is danger in anything. I choose to wear a harness now. It just makes good sense. IMO
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:43 AM   #26
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Yeap Mike McKinsey........ saw Wadell tweet that he was the best hunter he knew. So sad and prayers to the family

Snap up boys for you all that hunt them hard woods.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:44 AM   #27
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Tragedy.
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I do!! Unless I am using my climber then I am hooked up with my normal harness rope. Fixed stands always hooked up from the time my feet leave the ground, until they get back on the ground.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:45 AM   #29
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:45 AM   #30
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Horrible...prayers sent
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #31
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I do every time. My 6 YO daughter doesn't want to grow up without a daddy. And I don't want to live through it only to have my wife have to change my diaper because I'm a quadripligic.
Are you in that much of a hurry that its worth not taking the few minutes needed?
I don't hunt out of tall trees. We don't have tall trees. The highest is about 10 foot to the bottom of the stand.


Not in a hurry. Just don't see the need in my situation.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:51 AM   #32
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Horrible.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:52 AM   #33
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Chad, jump off your house onto your back, and see if you have a need then. Even 10 feet can kill or maim you!! You really should wear a harness and safety system IMO!
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #34
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That is terrible
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:54 AM   #35
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I don't hunt out of tall trees. We don't have tall trees. The highest is about 10 foot to the bottom of the stand.


Not in a hurry. Just don't see the need in my situation.
Think about it this way..
Stand on the first step of a step ladder.. close your eyes and have some one push you off.
now think about the actions your body just did , repeating your attempt to land on your feet from 10 feet, with gear on, smacking screw in steps, ladder segments, branches etc.. on the way down...
10 feet doesn't sound like a lot.. (and admittingly, we dont have safety lines on our 10-15 2 man ladder stands...) but i could see the same amount of carnage happened in 10 feet as in 15, 20, 30...
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:56 AM   #36
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If you are not connected from the time your feet leave the ground until your feet return to the ground you are risking life or limbs. 70 to 80% of treestand accidents occur while climbing up and entering or exiting and climbing down. Always use a climbing belt to secure your lifeline and then always stay connected to your life line while climbing up and down and to the tree while on stand. Anything else is unacceptable and will get you hurt or dead sooner or later. Think about your family. Be safe.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:56 AM   #37
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quick question.


How many of y'all tether all the way up/down to/from your stand?


I can honstly say, I don't...

I also don't hunt out of many trees or trees that are straight.


I use a lineman's belt now. This is my 1st year to do so and it makes a world of difference. It is really handy when strapping sticks to the tree. I will have to unhook it if there are branches on the way up still. I did buy some climbing rope to make life lines but haven't done so yet
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:59 AM   #38
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That's terrible. RIP

Anyone hunting the tall stuff should strap up, or come hunt with me. Trees are so short your toes will drag the ground from the stand.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:03 AM   #39
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As a fire/rescue personal i have ran a call from a treestand fall. Its not a good situation and it takes a long time to usually find where the hunter is. So lets all be safe and wear our harnesses. If you dont have one i have a few cheaper ones laying around. There better than nothing. Thoughts and prayers sent that way ...
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:05 AM   #40
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I do wear a harness when I'm in the tree. Ok. Guys... Im not an idiot. I know if a fell on my head or back it could kill me.


The trees our stand are in "are not straight" and we typically use branches in the process of getting in the stand. I tether once I'm about six feet off the ground. This is where it becomes feasible for most of our tree stands.


My question is for those that hunt 18 feet up! Do you tether all the way up and all the way down from your stand... I should have clarified before I got my chops busted!
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I do wear a harness when I'm in the tree. Ok. Guys... Im not an idiot. I know if a fell on my head or back it could kill me.


The trees our stand are in "are not straight" and we typically use branches in the process of getting in the stand. I tether once I'm about six feet off the ground. This is where it becomes feasible for most of our tree stands.


My question is for those that hunt 18 feet up! Do you tether all the way up and all the way down from your stand... I should have clarified before I got my chops busted!


I understood you Chad
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:09 AM   #42
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sad news, prayers up for the McKinsey familly
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I do wear a harness when I'm in the tree. Ok. Guys... Im not an idiot. I know if a fell on my head or back it could kill me.


The trees our stand are in "are not straight" and we typically use branches in the process of getting in the stand. I tether once I'm about six feet off the ground. This is where it becomes feasible for most of our tree stands.


My question is for those that hunt 18 feet up! Do you tether all the way up and all the way down from your stand... I should have clarified before I got my chops busted!
My harness is connected to the safety line the entire time. we use a weird slide knot that slips when slid by grasping the knot, but tightens when moved by the connection to the harness. (cannot remember the name of it for the life of me... )
so we use it as the safety line and the harness connection while on stand.. it never comes off unless your feet are touching ground.
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Not trying to bust your chops. Just trying to point out the need for safety at all stages of climbing. And YES. When hanging my stands I use a combination of lineman's belt and harness loop to set climbing sticks. And I am never NOT connected to the tree. Then after I hang the stand I attach the upper end of my lifeline to the tree. Then climb down still using my harness/LB combo. Once I reach the ground, I disconnect and tie off the lower end of the life line. Then I reclimb the tree while attached and check the stand placement and set up.

Takes a while, but it is worth it to me.

it is a prussic knot BTW!
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Sad Indeed.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:16 AM   #46
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I am guilty of not tethering from the ground up, but I will make it happen. Haven't hunted out of a tree yet this year. When I move a lock-on this weekend, there's a safety line going up with it.

Terrible news. Prayers for his family.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:17 AM   #47
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My harness is connected to the safety line the entire time.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:17 AM   #48
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:18 AM   #49
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My harness is connected to the safety line the entire time. we use a weird slide knot that slips when slid by grasping the knot, but tightens when moved by the connection to the harness. (cannot remember the name of it for the life of me... )so we use it as the safety line and the harness connection while on stand.. it never comes off unless your feet are touching ground.


It is a prussic knot and pretty easy to tie. I made a prussic loop that is easily attached to the harnass teather.

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Old 10-18-2011, 11:23 AM   #50
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I hunt off the ground 99% of the time but do own two tripods that are set up. They are 6-8 feet tall.

Yall use harnesses on tripods? I never had and dont own one. But will be looking for one now!

Sad deal for sure!
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