Well it was an incredibly tough call when deciding who would win the treestand harness contest, but we’ve finally come to a decision. I’d like to congratulate Kyle McNew, the soon to be owner of a brand new Gorilla Exo Tech G30 Harness! Kyle’s story stuck out as the closest call and most dangerous incident submitted. If Kyle keeps climbing up old 2×4 steps in tree trunks, he’s really going to need this harness! Thank you to everyone that submitted your stories, they were all great and I wish I could post them all and send you all harnesses! Maybe next year, haha.

I think if there’s one lesson to learn from these experiences, it’s that treestand falls happen and you have to be prepared for them. Spending a $100 on a harness is a heck of a lot better than spending life in a wheelchair, so make sure you play it safe and strap in next time you’re in a tree.

With that being said, let’s take a look at Kyle’s close call…

My treestand accident experience was on a November evening of the Michigan firearm season. My friend and I were headed to a stand that was built years ago and was one of our most productive stands on the whole farm. This stand was made out of 2×4’s and 2×6’s about 22ft. off the ground. It was a large platform built in a multi trunked wild cherry tree. Once we got to the stand my buddy climbed on up, as I tied on the camera equipment and gear he pulled it up. Once the guns and gear were in the tree I started climbing up the 2×4 steps that spanned between two trunks of the tree. Once I reached the last step at the platform the board had came loose and I fell hitting multiple large branches on my way down.

At the base of the tree there were a bunch of stumps about waist high of smaller cherry trees that we cut off earlier in the year to trim shooting lanes. I landed square on my back on a 8in diameter stump. Laying there in unbelievable pain, my friend went and got the truck and took me to the emergency room. Luckily I had only a handful of bruised ribs and one major headache. Once I got the nerve to investigate what had happened I found that since the tree had grown it pulled the nails right through the boards. That stand is still there and it reminds me of how dangerous treestands are regardless if they homemade or store bought and how lucky I was to not end up paralyzed or worse yet.