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Old 01-08-2020, 02:16 PM   #1
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Hey all, I don't post a lot of threads. I like to chime in on score threads, equipment threads or to let people know a sent a prayer for them. Well this is me asking for a prayer for recovery. On Sunday morning on the last morning of the season I had the last step come out of the tree I was climbing as I stepped on a stand. This was an old stand and there was no climbing rope. I fell about 23 feet. Compression fractures from T12 to L4. I also had to have my C3/C5 fused. Now looking at three months in a back and neck brace may prevent future surgeries. I do know I will never climb a stand that doesn't have a safety rope and I'll always use my lineman belt. I may be a ground blind guy from here on out. Time will tell. I know we all know this can happen but hopefully this post will make at least one of you start wearing your harness every time you climb to your stand. God bless, hug you family. I'm thankful I still can mine.

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Old 01-08-2020, 02:18 PM   #2
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WOW! Hate to hear this. Thanks for sharing your story, as hopefully it will prevent somebody else from a similar accident. Prayers for speedy and full recovery, Chris.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:19 PM   #3
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:19 PM   #4
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:21 PM   #5
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Wow!
Glad you are going to be ok!
I have seldom used tree stands or ladder stands but plan to do more so in the future.
I have always used the safety ropes and harnesses because I was nervous and unsure.
Good reminder to not get complacent and to always use the safety gear.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:21 PM   #6
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Wow! Hopefully you'll recover well.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:24 PM   #7
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:24 PM   #8
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:26 PM   #9
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:27 PM   #10
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Wow!
Glad you are going to be ok!
I have seldom used tree stands or ladder stands but plan to do more so in the future.
I have always used the safety ropes and harnesses because I was nervous and unsure.
Good reminder to not get complacent and to always use the safety gear.
Complacency is part of my problem and over confidence in my climbing. I've hunted out of tree stands for over 20 years. When choosing this one I knew there would be no safety equipment on the tree but I thought no big deal. I was painfully wrong. Good luck out there.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:28 PM   #11
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Prayers up for a speedy recovery. Thanks for posting, might save someone else from falling!
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:29 PM   #12
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:29 PM   #13
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Prayers for you, thanks for sharing, could be the reminder that some of us need so that we take all precautions.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:31 PM   #14
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:32 PM   #15
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:34 PM   #16
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:34 PM   #17
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WOW! Hate to hear this. Thanks for sharing your story, as hopefully it will prevent somebody else from a similar accident. Prayers for speedy and full recovery, Chris.
What he said !
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:37 PM   #18
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:38 PM   #19
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Sorry to hear, glad you are on the mend....prayers sent
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:38 PM   #20
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Prayers for a speedy recovery. I sure hate to hear this. I'm guilty of not being safe in a tree. Especially climbing in and out of them
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:45 PM   #21
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Glad you're ok. I stay on the ground these days. I had a climber accident and it made a believer out of me.
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:55 PM   #22
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Prayers for a complete recovery!
You said "Complacency is part of my problem, and over confidence in my climbing." I think many of us can relate to that statement. In my younger years I paid little heed to tree stand safety measures because "I was a confident climber". I eventually had a really scary close call but due to pure luck I walked away unscathed. (Now I've been known to trip and fall down getting out of a pop-up)

Hope you deal up quick and thanks for the reminder
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:57 PM   #23
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I hope your recovery goes exceptionally well.....however, it could have been MUCH worse.... my best friend of over 40 years was killed falling from his stand..... professional golfer acquaintance was paralyzed.....majority of the reason I grounded myself.

I do hope everything turns out well! That's a heckuva fall and a ton of trauma. Hang in there....👍
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Old 01-08-2020, 02:58 PM   #24
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First off I'm glad those were your only injuries and prayers for recovery. I had a similar experience but I fell asleep coon hunting late one night and fell from my tree stand. Luckily I wasn't seriously hurt but I did visit a chiropractor daily for 2 months+ for treatment. The fall knocked me out for over an hour and when I came too I was sure I was paralyzed. Luckily a few months of pain was all I really suffered. Stupid part on my end was I had bought a safety harness the day before and it was in my truck when I fell. I no longer hunt without a climbing rope and safety harness.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:05 PM   #25
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:06 PM   #26
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Glad your alright and prayers up for a speedy and full recovery
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:08 PM   #27
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Wow! Sorry to hear! Prayers for you!
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:11 PM   #28
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Prayers for your recovery! That could have been (and Iíve seen) a whole lot worse. Iíve had (as a nurse) 3 tree stand falls this year...
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:14 PM   #29
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:20 PM   #30
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Prayers for your recovery. I won't leave the ground unattached to the tree these days. I had a scare of my own years ago in a climber. There's no deer worth a fall.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:33 PM   #31
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ditto above...…………..
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:36 PM   #32
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:36 PM   #33
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Prayers sent, Hope for a speedy recovery brother and thanks for the reminder for myself!
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:40 PM   #34
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Dang Chris. So glad it wasn’t worse and yes you are able to hug your family. Years ago I was coming down a ladder stand in the dark and thought I was on the last step. I found out the hard way that I wasn’t. Not anywhere near what happened to you. Fell and landed on my tail bone and shook me all the way to my core.
Wear your fall arrest systems all the time fellas and get well soon Chris.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:44 PM   #35
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Wow. prayers up
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:46 PM   #36
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Hey all, I don't post a lot of threads. I like to chime in on score threads, equipment threads or to let people know a sent a prayer for them. Well this is me asking for a prayer for recovery. On Sunday morning on the last morning of the season I had the last step come out of the tree I was climbing as I stepped on a stand. This was an old stand and there was no climbing rope. I fell about 23 feet. Compression fractures from T12 to L4. I also had to have my C3/C5 fused. Now looking at three months in a back and neck brace may prevent future surgeries. I do know I will never climb a stand that doesn't have a safety rope and I'll always use my lineman belt. I may be a ground blind guy from here on out. Time will tell. I know we all know this can happen but hopefully this post will make at least one of you start wearing your harness every time you climb to your stand. God bless, hug you family. I'm thankful I still can mine.

Chris
Prayers your way to you & your family for a smooth & full recovery. Just remember this, every injury is different. Do what you have to do to WIN! Never lose the will power,drive & determination to make it to the next step. Stay focused, It's gonna be a long slow frustrating process. Best wishes to your success and keep on trucking...Had a L1/L2 compression fracture in 83', outta work 5 yrs, hand controls to drive, wheel chair sports, etc , Like you said...time will tell. God bless.
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Old 01-08-2020, 03:54 PM   #37
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Man, wishing you well. I used to think stands with handrails or rope lines were silly, now I think stands without them are silly
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:26 PM   #38
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I sincerely appreciate all the well wishes and prayers. And thanks to all of y'all sharing your own experiences. I know I will NEVER climb a tree again without safety equipment. I may just ground myself like Slicefixer and eliminate the risk of falling completely. I have the love of my life to grow old with and two perfect little girls to raise. Lots to think about. God bless all and please be careful. We don't bounce, we splat.
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:33 PM   #39
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Every year, we see accidents like OP's and hear the same treestand PSAs. Still, it wasn't until i fell out of my tripod that I began using safety harness on my taller stand. Luckily, I was able to learn my lesson a little closer to the ground.

Here's to hoping for an exceptionally speedy recovery Glad it wasn't worse!
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:34 PM   #40
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I had one of those screw in steps give loose out of an oak tree about 10 yrs ago. I got truly lucky as the tree was slightly curved away from me and I was able to bear hug it before making a complete 15' fall. That really hit home for me. I rarely hunt from trees now, although for different reasons but that incident is still very vivid for me.
I also had a 12' tripod go over with me at the very top in the mid 90's. I rode it down until I was about halfway to the ground when I jumped horizontally away from it. Again I got lucky, but it's not just tree stands.
Hoping for a speedy recovery for ya !
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:36 PM   #41
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Dang man. Prayers sent.
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:38 PM   #42
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Prayers sent. The older I get the more I hunt out of ground blinds for this very reason.
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:38 PM   #43
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good grief...23'..lucky it wasn't worse than it was, and that sounds bad enough. I will certainly send up a prayer or three for you sir
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:49 PM   #44
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Prayers for a speedy recovery.
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Old 01-08-2020, 04:54 PM   #45
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Prayers up! Good reminder to us all.
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Old 01-08-2020, 05:10 PM   #46
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Wow!!!! Prayers up for a complete recovery!!!!

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Glad you are still with us brother. Prayers up for you and a good healing.
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Old 01-08-2020, 05:16 PM   #48
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Old 01-08-2020, 05:27 PM   #49
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Prayers sent for a speedy recovery. All my trees have a safety rope. But I've been lucky before I started doing it.

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Old 01-08-2020, 05:36 PM   #50
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Prayers up for a full recovery. Could be a very long journey to reach a full healing but hang in there.
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