Safety Harness Exchange

flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
It's that time of year again where guys are out hanging stands and preparing for the upcoming season. I put up a ladder stand last week and while I was up there nervous, sweating buckets and swatting yellow flies, a thought popped into my head.

Why not create a sticky for people who have extra safety harness that want to pass them along to someone who doesn't have one and wants to hunt safely?
Sounds like a great idea to me! Of course I was suffering from heat exhaustion at the time, so maybe I was delirious..:willynilly

Oh, and if anyone is in need of a harness, I have one that came with said ladder stand that I will gladly donate. Just PM me your address, help me cover postage, and it's yours.

Whadda ya' think, Chuck? Can we make this a sticky??
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  • huntmstrhuntmstr Posts: 6,284 Admiral
    You got it John. Great idea!
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  • rightcoastrightcoast Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    Well, I'm looking on Craigslist and am looking for a used stand ... so I can sure use a donated harness. I'll PM my address and find out how to cover the postage.
  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    Rightcoast, you have a PM.
    DYING for me was the most HE could do. LIVING for HIM is the least I can do
  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    Great news! Two people have contacted me about harnesses. I managed to find another one early this morning, so I can fill their needs. I may have another one that a friend of mine isn't using, and will post it on here when I get it.

    If any of you have harnesses laying around, please post them to this thread for someone in need!

    And thanks to all who contacted me for hunting safely. Your loved ones greatly appreciate it!
    DYING for me was the most HE could do. LIVING for HIM is the least I can do
  • MCSHunterMCSHunter Posts: 353 Deckhand
    Glad to see this subject finally come up. I have 6-8 that I have almost thrown away a couple of times but know that some one can use. If you tell me where to send them I will gladly find a box and pay for the postage.
    I myself had to be airlifted out of the Big Cypress National Preserve in January of 2010 with a fractured L1. I don't leave the ground without one now.
  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    Sorry about your accident, MCShunter. But happy to hear you are okay, and paying it forward by helping others hunt safe!
    DYING for me was the most HE could do. LIVING for HIM is the least I can do
  • LittleBertLittleBert Posts: 175 Deckhand
    I am new at stand hunting so interested to hear about how to safely use a harness. At work we used inertial reels attached to the harness to keep from hitting the ground at speed. Doubting most hunters go to that expense, so what is the option, make the rope a bit shorter than ground level and risk a snapped neck? Or do you tie off short when at height and not tie off going up and down?
  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    LittleBert wrote: »
    I am new at stand hunting so interested to hear about how to safely use a harness. At work we used inertial reels attached to the harness to keep from hitting the ground at speed. Doubting most hunters go to that expense, so what is the option, make the rope a bit shorter than ground level and risk a snapped neck? Or do you tie off short when at height and not tie off going up and down?

    This might help you understand how treestand harnesses work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6OiBv1fR_0

    And this will help you understand how to get out of trouble if you do fall while wearing your harness.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5keThc6h6o
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  • Conch27Conch27 Posts: 218 Officer
    Thanks again John for the harness!
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  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    You're most welcome, Sean! Happy to see someone hunting safely.
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  • davidfloridadavidflorida Posts: 1,103 Officer
    :thumbsup
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  • rightcoastrightcoast Posts: 12 Greenhorn
    John sent me my Harness and it works perfectly! Thanks again for everything! So appreciated.
  • inshoreinshore Posts: 237 Deckhand
    Great idea! I have an extra one to give away. I'm in jacksonville. Pm me and I will meet you or mail it to you.
  • flattitudeflattitude Posts: 536 Officer
    Anyone got an extra in palm beach county?
  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    I have my original (5 year old) HSS prostyle vest that I would be willing to let go of for $30 plus shipping.
    It is size XL and in perfect working order.
    It has 4 pockets that hold stuff and is mesh so it isn't as hot.

    PM me if you are interested and I can send you some pics of the vest.
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  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    My harness has been promised to slayer 52. Thanks for all who expressed interest.
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  • BroughamBrougham Posts: 78 Deckhand
    My 10 year old is bow hunting with me this year. Bought him a clamp on which came with an adult harness. If anybody has a youth size harness and is willing to trade please let me know. My harness is a basic harness.
  • inthepinesinthepines Posts: 57 Greenhorn
    Finally got my brother back into hunting last year...and my 10 year old nephew. They'd like to get off the ground this year & I have a couple of lock-ons but won't let them use that "strap" as a harness. If anyone has a youth &/or an XL, I'll pay for shipping or we could pick up in either south florida or the Tampa areas. Thanks.
  • surfnfishsurfnfish Posts: 44 Deckhand
    I could really use one. I had one last year that was just a cheap strap with a plastic buckle but I seem to have misplaced it. I'd like to get a new one, but I'm still on a college budget so if someone has a used one I would be ecstatic. I'm in the Jacksonville area.
  • SeaSpySeaSpy Posts: 377 Deckhand
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tim Bowers loved the outdoors. Hunting gave him the quiet time during which he could reflect on a busy life that included a new wife, a successful business and a baby on the way.

    The Indiana man was enjoying that time while hunting for deer Saturday when he fell 16 feet from a tree and suffered a severe spinal injury that paralyzed him from the shoulders down. Doctors thought he might never breathe on his own again.

    Confronted with that prognosis, Bowers' family made an unusual request of doctors at Fort Wayne's Lutheran Hospital: Could Bowers be brought out of sedation and told of his condition so he could decide for himself whether he wanted to live or die?

    The doctors said yes, and Bowers made his choice.

    "We just asked him, 'Do you want this?' And he shook his head emphatically no," his sister, Jenny Shultz, said of her brother, who was also often found hunting, camping or helping his father on his northeastern Indiana farm.

    Courts have long upheld the right of patients to refuse life support. The American Medical Association says competent adults can craft directives stating if or when they want such systems withdrawn or withheld should injuries or illness leave them unable to make those decisions.

    But it's rare after a devastating injury that a patient would get to make such a decision for himself. The heart-wrenching call to remove life support is more often left to surrogates who must speak for those patients. Even when a patient has outlined his wishes for end-of-life care, the decision can tear families apart.

    Shultz, of Las Vegas, has seen it happen in her job. But her medical training also meant she understood the severity of her 32-year-old brother's injuries. His C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae were crushed. Though his brain was not injured, his body was irreparably broken. Surgery could fuse the vertebrae, but that would only allow Bowers to sit up. He would never walk or hold his baby. He might live the rest of his life in a rehabilitation hospital, relying on a machine to help him breathe. He'd never return to those outdoor activities that gave him such peace.

    Shultz said her brother — the youngest of four siblings — wanted to talk but couldn't because the ventilator tube was still in place. She told him that if the tube was removed, they weren't sure how long he would live. But when she asked if he wanted the tube reinserted if he was struggling, he shook his head no.

    Doctors asked Bowers the same questions and got the same responses. The tube came out Sunday.

    The last five hours of Tim Bowers' life were spent with family and friends, about 75 of whom gathered in the hospital waiting room. They prayed and sang songs.

    Through it all, Shultz said, her brother never wavered in his decision to die.

    "I just remember him saying so many times that he loved us all and that he lived a great life," she said. "At one point he was saying, 'I'm ready. I'm ready.'"

    Medical ethicists say it's rare for patients to decide on the spot to be removed from life support, especially so soon after an injury. But standard medical ethics practice is to grant more autonomy to patients, and courts have upheld their rights to decide on end-of-life care.

    Patients often change their minds after they've had time to meet with spiritual advisers and family, said Art Caplan, director of the medical ethics program at New York University's Langone Medical Center in New York City.

    Dr. Paul Helft, director of the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics in Indianapolis, said cases in which the patient makes the decision usually involve a debilitating illness such as Lou Gehrig's disease, which compromises the patient's body but leaves the mind intact.

    Helft said patients have been legally and ethically permitted to make their own decisions on life support for several decades, due in part to court cases and the evolution of the practice of medicine, which places more emphasis on patients' rights.

    "We give patients autonomy to make all kinds of decisions about themselves," he said. "We've recognized that it's important that patients have the right to self-determination."

    Shultz said her family had an idea what her brother would want because he had previously talked with his wife, Abbey, whom he married Aug. 3, about never wanting to spend his life in a wheelchair.

    She knows that not everyone would make the same call. But she's thankful her brother was able to make his own decision.

    "No outcome was ever going to be the one that we really want, but I felt that he did it on his terms in the end," she said.
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  • flydownflydown Posts: 6,460 Admiral
    Tragic and preventable.
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  • avmechavmech Posts: 1,256 Officer
    I have two: both that came with treestands. I am in Palm Beach county. Don't really want to ship, but will meet from Boca up to St Lucie.

    Oh, and they cost the same they cost me: $00.00
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  • DropTine797DropTine797 Posts: 681 Officer
    I'm in broward area. I got one free to a good home.
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  • spfldbowhunterspfldbowhunter Posts: 892 Officer
    I'm in broward area. I got one free to a good home.

    Considering your choice of trees to hang stands in, maybe you should keep that one and wear it
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  • avmechavmech Posts: 1,256 Officer
    OK guys, I have two in Jupiter, one is a Summit, the other is a Big Game. Free to someone in the area.
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  • flattitudeflattitude Posts: 536 Officer
    avmech wrote: »
    OK guys, I have two in Jupiter, one is a Summit, the other is a Big Game. Free to someone in the area.

    would be grateful and wife would be happy if I could grab one from you. I am in Loxahatchee.
  • avmechavmech Posts: 1,256 Officer
    Check your PM
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  • BCSAILSBCSAILS Posts: 435 Officer
    I have a bunch....PM Me....Ft. Lauderdale pick up or just cover my shipping...
  • JRussellJRussell Posts: 1,411 Officer
    Anyone happen to have a kids size? Another member here sent me a youth model but it got lost in the mail. Looking for one for my 8yo daughter who is also small for her age.
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  • rickt1544rickt1544 Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    I have 2 new harnesses that i don't need. they came with stands I bought a while back. If anyone needs one. I'm in central fl
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