Treestands recalled; hunter safety emphasized

Fall is in the air. Football, burning leaves and crisp mornings conjure up pleasant memories for me. It won’t be long before those peaceful mornings are punctuated by the sounds of gunfire and the thwack of arrows as the woods fill with eager hunters aiming for that elusive deer.

But before you go, safety experts caution you that you could be putting your life on the line if you climb into a tree stand. Earlier today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of treestands sold by Summit Treestands of Decatur, Ala. because the strap used to secure the stand to the tree trunk can fail or become detached. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

The CPSC reports that about 2,900 of the stands, sold under the name Crush Series, are being recalled. The Chinese-made stands were sold primarily at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. The recalled hunters’ tree stands have the following names and item numbers: Crush Series Perch, number 82069; Crush Series Stoop, number 82070; and Crush Series Ledge number 82071. The tree stands include the main stand platform and seat with a green cinch strap and a tan tree stand hanging strap assembly, which consists of one nylon strap with a hook and an adjustment portion with a metal buckle and a matching nylon tab and a hook. This hanging strap assembly has the recalled item numbers printed on the safety label attached near the buckle.

To get a replacement strap assembly, contact Summit Treestands, LLC, toll free at (855) 375-9808, anytime or website http://www.summitstands.com click on the Recall icon for more information.

Incidentally, it’s also a good time to remind hunters that the main cause of hunting injuries and deaths is not shootings; it is falling from deer stands. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks has posted some great safety tips here. Please come back alive.

(Originally published by the Clarion-Ledger on 10/23/12).

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