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Page 6 Make Tree Stand Safety Part Of Your Hunting Routine During hunting season, deer hunters have to take care to be safe in many different aspects of their sport. James Parkhurst, Virginia Cooperative Ex- tension wildlife specialist at Virginia Tech, lists some of the precautions for both experienced and novice hunters. Tree stands are popular with hunters, but there are precautions hunters should take. Parkhurst specifically warns about safety and us- ing a tree stand as a place to watch for deer. Parkhurst's checklist is: 1. Tell someone where you are hunting and provide details o~ your location and schedule so people will be able to find you if you do not return on time. 2. Use a portable rather than a perma- nent tree stand. A portable stand reduces damage to the tree and affords the hunter greater flexibility in moving a stand's lo- cation. 3. Securely attach the tree stand no higher than you feet comfortable m jump- ing safely from the tree. 4. Use a safety belt to secure yourself to the tree. Harnesses made for this purpose are much safer than rope. 5. Use an equipment haul line to bring your unloaded gun or bow into and out of the stand. Never climb into a tree stand carrying any equip- ment. 6. Keep your tree stand in good working condi- tion; replace any worn or missing parts. 7. Practice using your tree stand before going into the woods the first time. Set it up close to the ground to become familiar with how it reacts to your body weight and move- ments. 8. If you choose to use an existing per- manent stand, thoroughly inspect it before the season and make any necessary repairs. Decaying wood and natural tree growth could make a permanent stand unsafe. 9. Select straight, live trees for tree- stand sites, inspect for bee or wasp nests, animal dens, and overhead dead wood before putting up the stand. 10. Stay awake! A common cause of tree-stand accidents is falling asleep. Don't climb a tree after taking medication that makes you drowsy. If you start to nod off, get down to the ground immediately. Hunting & Fishing Guide 2010 ;o..l I.eell eoo*ooo, o.oooooo.oooo..o.o.o.oo o.oooo.*...ooooooooo.: : Quick Hunting Fact Did You Know... " Surveys show nearly 80 percent of Americans support hunting, although less than 10 percent actually participate. These 18.5 million hunters con- tribute more than $30 billion annually to the U.S. economy and support more than 986,000 jobs. They are the primary financiers (more than $1.5 billion per year) of conservation programs that benefit all Americans who appreciate wildlife and wild places. oo I eeeoe Joeeeoe ooeooeeeeee oeooeoooot eeoeeoeoeooe e*oee e ee e e elaa: Hunters Helping Conservation Whether they realize it or not, hunt- ers play a key role in environmental conservation. The sale of hunting licenses, tags, and stamps is the pri- mary source of funding for most state wildlife conservation efforts. By respecting seasons and limits, purchasing all required licences, and paying federal excisetaxes on hunt- ing equipment and ammunition, indi- vidual hunters make a big contribution towards ensuring the future of many species of wildlife and habitat for the future. By paying the Federal excise tax on hunting equipment, hunters are contributing hundreds of millions of dollars for conservation programs that benefit many wildlife species, both hunted and non-hunted. Also, each year, nearly $200 million in hunters' federal excise taxes are dis- tributed to State agencies to support wildlife management programs, the purchase of lands open to hunters, and hunter education and safety classes. Proceeds from the Federal Duck Stamp, a required purchase for migratory waterfowl hunters, have purchased more than five million acres of habitat for the refuge system (2005 statistics only); lands that support waterfowl and many other wildlife species, and are usually open to hunting. Local hunting clubs and national conservation organizations work to protect the future of wildlife by setting aside thousands of acres of habitat and speaking up for conservation in our na- tional and state capitals. So go hunting: Conservationists will be grateful. Contact Belleville Seed House for great pricing on: Turn ips Winter Oats Chickory Alfalfa Clovers Winter Peas Lespedeza Birds foot Rape Vetch Millet Fertilizer ~: More