LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The Wisconsin DNR is reminding hunters that tree stand safety is just as important as gun safety.
According to the DNR, 4 out of 5 hunters use an elevated device to hunt. Officials say that added advantage of hunting out of a tree stand comes with serious risk.
"The most dangerous piece of equipment they have is actually their deer stand," Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at Gundersen Health System Dr. Benjamin Orozco said. "When we do see falls from deer stands, the injuries range sprains and strains and broken bones, to spinal cord injuries and head injuries and those things can be fatal."
Luckily, wildlife officials say these accidents are easily preventable.
"We recommend that they use a safety harness," Conservation Warden with the Wisconsin DNR Matthew Groppi said. "So, while they are hunting, they won't fall down out of the stand and they will be suspended from the strap that's connected to the tree."
If you do suffer a fall from a tree stand, both Groppi and Orozco recommend that you make sure someone know where you are hunting.
Visit the DNR's website for more safety information.