High seat safety

Bavarianbrit

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I was by coincidence at home today and my neighbor on whos ground I stalk was repairing a kanzel (a shooting box on stilts) I arranged to meet him at the box in half an hour but I was delayed by 10mins.
I arrived in snowy conditions and he had started alone and slipped and fell off the box 2.5 metres, onto flat ground, I managed to get him into my vehicle for the 700 m drive back to his house, we called the paramedics and he has been trundled off to the hospital with some suspected broken ribs and shock.
Moral?
In winter icy conditions we should only work as 2 man teams and have a phone available. He might have died as he had just missed a pointed hammer on the ground.
Martin
 

Bavarianbrit

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Well,
He has bad bruising and was kept in hospital overnight that will be a lesson I hope. Here is some good news for him.
I went out later yesterday and got a 41KG boar, I sat out on a open high seat from 9pm till 01am at -1 degrees and I was watching 2 boar feeding away on a ploughed-over maize field with a good snow cover to it which meant the vision contrast was good, 140 steps I paced out and hit and destroyed the heart with a 30-06 round nose tip, it ploughed straight through both sides and even then it still trotted off in a circle then on into the woods and folded up when it hit the first tree.
Martin
 

Bavarianbrit

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Latest,
He has six broken ribs on the right side and must stay in hospital for all of next week too, very bad news for him as we have almost a full moon plus eight inches of fresh snow and lots of boar sign.
Martin
 

Conor1

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Waidmannsheil for your boar and best wishes to your injured friend.

I am putting in two a nights a weeks at the moment as we have plenty of boar moving at the moment. Some of our highseats are precarious to say the least. 5m high and little to sit on. I am seriously considering getting a safety harness of some kind. Ifonly we could convert them into high towers!
 

Bavarianbrit

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American bow hunters use a variation of a car safety belt system because the death rate was too high, when you drop off to sleep as has happened to me more than once on early shift it is a scarer, but I have yet to develop one for a European hunt style..
Martin
 

Bavarianbrit

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I think he fell while on the platform and those harnesses would have hindered his movements a lot but may have helped him.
But just climbing into a kanzel on a very snowy & icy day was his undoing. Schould have stayed at hom but I will be out tonight too so I cannot really blame him too much.
I have a pal in UK told me today that one broken rib hurts like hell so I do not envy him six broken ribs.
Martin
 

rodp

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They don't really hinder movement, it's just something else to do though. Supposed to be three points of contact or clip on. In an ideal world it would be climb ladder, clip on, step up onto platform.

Me being Black Country tend to think of things like that on the way down :doh:
 

Bavarianbrit

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Method is go up ladder onto platform then open door into shed on legs and enter and sit down, he is normally 20 seconds out on the platform but it was icy.
Now he has some water collecting between the broken ribs and the under skin bruising so he will be staying a bit longer in the hospital,
Martin
 

KBar1970

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If the fall doesnt injure or kill you, then suspension trauma hanging in the air can do just as good a job of finishing you off.

Which is why I always wear one of these if I'm more than 1' off the ground in a conventional tree stand...
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunting/Hunting-Treestands/Safety-Restraints-Harnesses|/pc/104791680/c/104783580/sc/104639580/Summit-Treestands-Seat-O-The-Pants-STS-Pro-Harness/1841711.uts?destination=/catalog/browse/safety-restraints-harnesses/_/N-1102321/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104639580?WTz_l=SBC%3Bcat104791680%3Bcat104783580&WTz_l=SBC;cat104791680;cat104783580;cat104639580


Always wondered what can be done if you're up in a tripod stand?
 

Bavarianbrit

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He came back home yesterday and walks like an eightyfive year old dodderer.
One lung has shrunk a bit due to the blow it got when hitting terra firma. Looks like stalkings off for him till beginning of the buck season in May.
A salutary message for me.
Martin
 

BearStalker

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As a Bow-Hunter, I have my own self-climbing High Seat and a waistcoat with a complete harness built in. I just put on the waistcoat, hook the leg straps, like a seatbelt, and away I go. It has pockets and adds to the warmth. ;)

Glad your friend is doing better.

atb
Grant
 

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