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Old 08-04-2022, 07:27 PM   #1
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I was taking down a ladder stand yesterday climbed up to the top and loosen the strap and as I was climbing down the dang ladder broken in half. I fell about 7ft straight down. Hit on my heels and sprang both ankles. Luckily nothing broke but my ego.

Check the condition of your stands before you get on them and dont be a dumb sumbeach like me.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:28 PM   #2
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Dang. Glad to hear you are ok.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:29 PM   #3
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Wow, I'm glad you weren't hurt worse and hope you recover quickly. Don't be too hard on yourself, we've all been there.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:30 PM   #4
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Glad it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:30 PM   #5
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Could have been much worse. Glad you’re mostly okay.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:31 PM   #6
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Got off light! Glad you're ok!
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:37 PM   #7
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Could have been a lot worse! Glad you are okay.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:38 PM   #8
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the good lord was looking after you.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:40 PM   #9
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If you are over 22yrs old. Ground blind. Just do it. Under 22yrs old. They are nimble and dumb.
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Old 08-04-2022, 08:00 PM   #10
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If you are over 22yrs old. Ground blind. Just do it. Under 22yrs old. They are nimble and dumb.
And bounce too.
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Old 08-04-2022, 08:27 PM   #11
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Ugh, I fell asleep in a treestand 28' in the air about ten years ago and caught myself as I was falling. Been hyperly wide-awake in every stand since.
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Old 08-04-2022, 08:34 PM   #12
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Ugh, I fell asleep in a treestand 28' in the air about ten years ago and caught myself as I was falling. Been hyperly wide-awake in every stand since.

I did the same thing about 25 yrs ago. Wake up about halfway to around. Ended up getting hung in the ladder runs about 3 ft off the ground. It was and eye opening experience……


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Old 08-04-2022, 09:07 PM   #13
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Glad all of you are able to tell this story. An old friend of mine told me that a guy he used to work with fell out of a tree stand and drove a screw in tree step through his femoral artery trying to catch himself on the way down.
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Old 08-04-2022, 09:16 PM   #14
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Too late for me not to be a dumba%$...

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=605581
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Old 08-04-2022, 09:19 PM   #15
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Dang, you got lucky.

Be careful moving stands as well.

I had an employee that was crushed to death by a deer stand he was moving that fell on him, not long after retiring too boot.
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Old 08-04-2022, 09:22 PM   #16
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If you are over 22yrs old. Ground blind. Just do it. Under 22yrs old. They are nimble and dumb.
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Old 08-04-2022, 09:43 PM   #17
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I’m old, I’d still be layin there, glad you’re ok.
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Old 08-04-2022, 10:12 PM   #18
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I was dumb and stupid a long time back. No more. I walk up the steps into the house and don't get any higher off the ground than the tractor seat.
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Old 08-04-2022, 10:15 PM   #19
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I never try to move or adjust a ladder stand by myself.
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Old 08-05-2022, 06:32 AM   #20
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Glad you're okay and thanks for the reminder, as I need to replace a ladder stand myself.
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Old 08-05-2022, 06:45 AM   #21
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I love my ladder stands but do keep that possibility in my mind when I’m in one.
Glad you made it out fairly well
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Old 08-05-2022, 06:56 AM   #22
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Glad ya only hurt not not Bad Hurt...and will live to HUNT AGAIN...Be SAFER out there ...Stuff dont last forever (We don't either)
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Old 08-05-2022, 06:58 AM   #23
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Ouch. At least it wasn't while hunting with bow/rifle in-hand. Glad you werent hurt.
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:05 AM   #24
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I did the same thing about 25 yrs ago. Wake up about halfway to around. Ended up getting hung in the ladder runs about 3 ft off the ground. It was and eye opening experience……


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I too am part of this club. In college and fell asleep. Even worse I had bolted a bass fishing chair to some plywood at the top of my ladder stand and it broke off when I leaned to one side. Thankfully had a nylon belt around my stomach and fell about 4 feet before it caught. Pretty sure there was a broken rib involved. Good times!
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Old 08-05-2022, 09:55 AM   #25
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Yep it was an eye opening experience. We often get in a hurry and think we are bullet proof.
Take the time and ask for help when needed. I wish everyone safe hunting season.
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Old 08-05-2022, 10:28 AM   #26
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Glad you are OK It happens quicker than you think
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Old 08-05-2022, 11:21 AM   #27
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Ugh, I fell asleep in a treestand 28' in the air about ten years ago and caught myself as I was falling. Been hyperly wide-awake in every stand since.
this is why we have installed old seatbelts on all of our tree and tri-pod stands
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Old 08-05-2022, 11:46 AM   #28
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Glad your ok. Good reminder for everybody here. I gave up lock ons and ladders years ago after to many close calls. Got to have stairs now.
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Old 08-05-2022, 02:39 PM   #29
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this is why we have installed old seatbelts on all of our tree and tri-pod stands
That's a great idea, and way easier than the fall-protection harnesses.
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Old 08-05-2022, 03:09 PM   #30
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I've had ratchet straps that hold tree stand to the tree break while I was at or near the top. Those were lives I would like to have back! Thankfully the stands weren't too tall and I just rode them down and jumped mostly to safety. I've since added chains at the top of my double stand and replace the straps on the others from time to time.
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Old 08-05-2022, 04:08 PM   #31
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Sorry to hear that! Same boat sir…. Loading a trailer….. trailer rolled as I put it on the ball and pinned my hand…. Breaking my ring finger on my left hand…. You guessed it I am left handed. Another easily avoidable incident!
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Old 08-05-2022, 07:49 PM   #32
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Man! This is my Xmas lights fear every year!
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Old 08-07-2022, 05:00 PM   #33
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Dont feel bad,your lucky.Went and grabbed mine to work on a feeder,it was stuck on something so I wasn't paying attention to the large red wasp nest under one of the rungs.That didnt last long,and quick and agile isnt one of my adjectives these days.only got stung 4 times so I qualify.
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Old 08-07-2022, 05:16 PM   #34
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Glad you're OK. My neighbor was killed falling about 9-ft from his stand.
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Old 08-07-2022, 05:49 PM   #35
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I never trust a ladder. They're all shady. Grrr
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Old 08-07-2022, 07:11 PM   #36
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I fell out of mine one time too, except it was a ground blind and I was sitting in 1 of those cheap Walmart camo scissor chairs. But the chair cloth ripped and gave way, and I landed on a cactus. No height is safe lol!
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Old 08-07-2022, 08:41 PM   #37
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I use a proper ladder when strapping them to the tree and always use a life line when hunting. I used to only tie off my harness after climbing the ladder but since hearing all the horror stories on here I use a lifeline. That first climb without it always makes me nervous. The older I get the more my spidey senses tingle at dangerous activities.


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