POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 4:04am
LOUISIANA — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Hunter Education Program staff and volunteer instructors recently completed training in the safe and proper use of tree stands and fall arrest systems.
The training was conducted by the Treestand Manufactures Association (TMA) and held at the Woodworth Education Center on July 26-27. Falls from tree stands injure hunters who use them for big game hunting and familiarity with equipment is the best preventive measure. TMA promotes the proper and safe use of tree stands and fall arrest systems for hunters in elevated positions.
Day one consisted of a Trainer’s course for hunter education program staff and day two provided a Basic Instructor’s course for volunteer instructors. Classroom topics included the need for tree stand safety, TMA’s role in tree stand safety, training aids and equipment, and treestand safety curriculum and principals. Attendees were taught to demonstrate the safe use of tree stands, proper use of full body harnesses, suspension relief and recovery techniques.
“Hunters who hunt from tree stands should consider a full body harness an integral part of their tree stand and use it each and every time they leave the ground to climb into a stand,” said John Sturgis, state coordinator for the LDWF’s Hunter Education Program. “This training will allow our staff and volunteer instructors to do a better job of delivering the information that will educate Louisiana hunters on how to stay safe when hunting from an elevated position.”