Hunting season is in full-swing in Pennsylvania. Following safety measures when using a treestand can be just as important as safely using a rifle or muzzleloader. Remember:
- Wear a safety belt. A safety belt will prevent you from falling if your stand collapses.
- Before using your stand, check it for loose nuts and bolts and replace any worn chains or straps.
- Secure your stand on a mature tree. Avoid trees that are rotting or have dead limbs.
It’s also important to keep up-to-date on any product recalls that may affect your hunting equipment. For instance, on Nov. 12, the U.S. Product Safety Commission and the Gander Mountain Company announced a recall of approx. 13,000 Hang-On Fixed Position Treestands. There have been two reports of consumers falling while using the treestand. If the strap is fastened incorrectly, the clasp may open unexpectedly, and both the user and the treestand can fall from the tree. The recall affects the 2008 model GMT101 and the 2008 model GMT103 Hang-On Fixed Position treestands. They have wire mesh on the base of the platform to the top of the footrest and a Gander Mountain logo on the front of the seat. The seat has a camouflage pattern that is branded “AP” and “REALTREE.” The treestands were sold only at Gander Mountain from July 2008 to July 2009. Consumers are advised to stop using the treestands immediately. They can be returned to Gander Mountain for a refund or exchange.
If you or someone you know has been injured by using the treestand mentioned above, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorney team at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case. Hunt safely and good luck!