Many hunters carry a backpack or fanny pack with them into the woods and most of those hunters carry those packs up the tree for easy access to gear and snacks throughout the hunt. All a good option when things are going well. However, should you fall from a tree to the forest floor below, you will quickly realize the pack which may be housing all the things you need to stay alive—cell phone, knife, whistle, water and more—is now well out of reach. For safety purposes I prefer to leave my backpack holding all my gear on the ground below my stand, near the base of my tree, just in case a fall happens.
Once I am securely strapped into my treestand and settling into the hunt, I secure one end of a haul-line rope to my camouflaged backpack and the other end of the rope to my stand somewhere within easy reach. Before I lower the backpack to the forest floor below, I give it a good spray of scent killing spray to eliminate any traces of my scent. Because the rope stays attached throughout the hunt, I can retrieve my backpack anytime I want. Should I fall my backpack will be within reach just in case I should need it.
Staying safe is the most important aspect of any hunt. Keeping potential life-saving equipment within reach only makes sense.
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Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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