To the wonderful people who make the H.S.S. Vest
I am writing to thank you for making a product line that saved my life! You included an easy to follow instructional DVD that myself and my 4 year old son watched. As we set and watched I thought to myself "I don't need to watch this I'll never be that guy that falls." I was wrong, almost DEAD wrong! I thank you and so does my wife and 3 children. I am 30 years old, my wife is 25, I have a 7 year old daughter named Deziray, a 4 year old son named Zachary, and a 1 year old son named Emory Jacob. It makes me cry to think of how they would survived without me. I am an electrician in the underground coal mines. On 10-8-11 Sat, I went to my hunting camp in Lincoln County, West Virginia around 5:45 AM. I woke up and climbed out of the back seat of my Ford Escape to my buddy Mike Ellis honking his horn. I threw on my camo and my H.S.S. Pro Series harness and drove to my spot. I was losing darkness. I took my self climber treestand, hooked it to the tree, put my tree strap on and stared up my tree. I got about 30' up and set up, pulled up my bow and got ready. For some reason, I made sure to double check my tree strap, which was properly secured. At around 8:30 AM, I had a spike and 4pt. under my stand play fighting (really cool). At 9:30AM, I had been in my stand around 3 hours sitting still when all of a sudden my seat strap pulled loose which some how put me head first over the top rail of my stand. With a thud, I was hanging by my H.S.S with my treestand about 3' under me. I reached in my vest pocket and got my suspension relief strap, wrapped it around the tree, and pulled myself up to make myself as comfortable as I could be hanging high in a tree. I managed to take my pull rope and move my stand slowly into my reach. The whole time all I could think of was my kids and wife. I made it down safely thanks to you and your product. God Bless You All. If not for you and your product, I would not be here. I can't thank you enough. I truly think there are angels among us and that you are them. It may have cost me a bow sight from my bow falling, but it could have cost me my life. Again, thank you all for everything you do! God Bless You All!
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It was a beautiful sunny cool Saturday afternoon, January 22, 2011. I set out to take all the seats, camo aprons and ropes out of the ladder stands that I leave up all year around. I had completed three of the four here on my property and I had packed up and labeled each one as to the stand it came out of. I started to climb the last stand and as I put my foot onto the top run I quickly found it had some unseen ice on it.
As you might have guessed, I slipped and fell off the ladder. It all happened so fast that I had no time to grab a hold of any part of the stand to stop my fall.
NO, I did not land on the ground, I was stopped about two foot from the rung by my Hunter Safety System vest. You see, two season ago I purchased life lines from my ladder stands (and if I have hang-on stands they would be on them too.) The last thing I grabbed when I walked out of the house to go about my chores was my HHS vest. I checked the lines and hooked up on the three previous stands and proceeded to climb up without incident when I arrived at the top I moved my harness strap to the permanent one on the tree.
I removed all the items I did not want to spend the remainder of the winter and following summer in the stands, dropping them to the ground around the stand. The next to last thing I did was reattach my harness to the life line and remove the permanent tree strap and drop it to the ground. The final thing I do is remove the life line and drop it off the stand but only after I am far enough below it to be as close to the ground as possible.
I fell, It took less than a second and it took me a minute to gather my wits and I was the able to swing around and regain my footing on the ladder. After I rested on the ladder and took inventory of myself, I went on up into the stand and completed what I had set out to do.
I would have only fallen approximately 14 feet but you never know in a fall just how you will land or what you might break. Being alone I could have been hurt badly enough that I might have not been able to get back to my own house only 400 yards away. I was carrying my cell phone but if I would have been knocked unconscious I would not have been able to call anyone or if I would have landed on the phone and broken it what would I have done.
Please, be safe, WEAR your safety vest ALL THE TIME and not just when you are hunting. Use life lines, or climbing lines not only when you are hunting but when you are putting up your stands or taking them down for the season!!
Your family and friends need you to be here tomorrow.
Luanne Smith Bragg Talk Hunting Pro Staff
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Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for a great product that in all likelihood, saved my bacon this past weekend.
Having hunted out of treestands for over 20 years, I have used probably every strap or harness there is for safety. I settled on the HSS harness because of it's ease of use and solid design. That solid design kept me from landing on my head Saturday morning, and for that, I am grateful to you folks for making a product that works.
In all honesty, I don't really know what happened, but I had just shot a deer during the early bow season here in southwest Virginia, and the next thing I knew, I was falling out of the stand. It's a pretty helpless feeling hanging there without being able to get back into the stand, but it's much better than the alternative. It gave me the opportunity to call my buddy I was hunting with to come help me down. Really nice to know I can fall out of a stand in the morning, and be able to go climb another tree in the evening/ I have always made a point of telling everyone I know to use a safety harness of some kind while hunting from a treestand. Now, I can strongly recommend HSS from personal experience.
Again, Thanks for a great product. I promise to not gripe about the weight of a harness again.
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I wanted to personally thank HSS for saving my life last Friday, November 18th. I was hunting deer Friday morning with my brother in law, Rob, and my best friend Gary, at our deer lease. We left camp that morning and I headed to my area to hunt in my climber, a summit Titan. I had picked out a large mature pine tree and climbed to around 26-27 feet. At the point of turning to set up my seat in the climber the bottom platform gave out from underneath me. It cascaded down around 15 feet below me. I fell through the upper portion of the climber but my descent was only around 6.5 feet. why? Because I had my HSS-400 vest on and was attached to the tree. Honestly, it took me a few minutes to gather my thought but once I did a self assessment, I realized that I was in fact OK. At that point I unzipped my pocket on the vest and used my cell phone to call for help. My brother in law was hunting about a mile but was able to come as soon as he got my text message. He was able to lift the bottom platform back underneath my feet and that allowed me to regain control of my predicament.
I am not a small guy, 6,2 and 285 pounds. I hung for about 45 minutes until my brother in law was able to reach me and offer assistance. I had a few scrapes and bruises but nothing serious. There was not any issue with the climber. This was simply one of those accidents that just happens. I do not personally know anybody that has ever actually fallen from a stand, but like so many others I had heard all of the "stories". I have always worn my vest just as a safety precaution when climbing. Well, now I am one of those "stories". Fortunately, I am here to be able to tell it myself.
My wife, my children and I thank your company for making an awesome product. Because of your company I am alive to see my children grow up and I will hunt another day. Once again, Thank you for producing a life saving vest!!
Chris L. Gentry
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My name is Jeremy Ballard. I live in Lowell Michigan and today your product saved me from great bodily harm. I was out hunting this morning and everything was fine. 2 1/2 hours into my hunt one of the steel cables that support the platform on my Gorilla treestand snapped and I fell. Thank God my friend and his wife had given me a HSS for Christmas last year. This was the second time I've fallen from a treestand. The first time was an old wooden permanent stand I had no business being in. I was lucky on that one and vowed never to climb a tree without a harness again. I'm 6'8 and 330 lbs. The harness had no problem supporting me. Please listen to me when I say wear harness. Their really easy to fit and they’re actually comfortable. You never know when something freaky is going to happen and it's better to be prepared. Thank you to all the folks at HSS. From the Boss all the way around. Keep up the good work!!
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My name is Dan Reuter. On Saturday October 29, 2011. I was on my way out to hunt. On the way out to the land, I stopped and talked to the owner of the land, this ended up taking a little longer than I anticipated. So when I got out into the woods, I was later than I wanted to be and was in a bit of a hurry. I got to the tree I wanted to sit in and put my climbing stand on and climb up and sat there for about 1/2 hour. I decided to stand up and I heard a little sound of something moving or coming undone. All of a sudden I fell but I was sure glad I had my harness on when I fell. When I was hanging there, I was very surprised how comfortable the harness was with me hanging in it. I thought to myself don't panic and I managed to get myself back up on my stand. After I was back on my stand I started to think about what had just happened. As it turned out I was in a hurry and must have forgot to close one of the latches all the way on the bottom platform of my stand. I am a little sore but happy that I was not severely hurt or even killed. I give my life to that safety harness now and I used to think they were a joke but not anymore and I never will again. I will spread the word on how nice and comfortable the harness is and they will do the job like they are suppose too! I now know this 1st hand because of my experience. I thank you very much for designing such a nice, comfortable safety harness.
Thank You Again,
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October 23, 2011 was a day that would forever change the way I view wearing safety systems while hunting from a tree. That morning my best friend Rusty Hall and I headed to the woods. We both always put our HSS on before we head to the stand. So we headed off, I dropped off in the woods first then Rusty walked on down the road to his stand. I reached the base of my tree where the stand was and proceeded to climb up. After reaching about 20 feet I tied my system strap to the tree. Now this is where it all changed from a normal day of hunting to GOD'S BLESSING. After tying off I went to turn around and in a split second my stand slipped out from under me and I was hanging 20 feet up by my HSS. As soon as I fell I hit my head on the tree, but that was the only scratch I had on me. I was able to get my cell phone out of my pocket of my Pro Series HSS and call Rusty to come help. When Rusty got to the tree and shined the light I was able to pull my climber up after several tries. Once I got my climber back up the tree and was able to sit down I said a prayer and thanked God for my safety and HSS. All I could think about was my wife and 4 year old and 6 month old at home. Had I not had my HSS on I probably would have been seriously injured from the fall. I strongly recommend everyone who is a hunter to purchase a HSS. By wearing this vest it saved my life and it can save yours too. I would like to personally thank you, Hunter Safety System, for such a great product and a life saving product. I look at my kids each morning and think back to that morning and what if I had not been wearing the Safety System. For the amount of money they cost it is a minimum for saving your life.
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I would like to thank you for the wonderful product that you provide. In November, my fiancé bought me the Tree Stalker vest for my birthday knowing that I’m an avid bow hunter. I have hunted for many years without the concern of tree stand safety (not smart), and have been very lucky. My luck ran out just a few days before Thanksgiving. I was in my climbing tree stand about 18 feet up and then it happened, my bottom half fell out from under me!! After the fall I regained my composure and remembered the video that came with my vest. I then pulled out the suspension strap that I had put in the pocket of the vest and attached it to the vest and then proceeded to take the steps to get down. I know that without the vest that I would have been injured severely but instead all I had was some bruising and tenderness. Having 2 kids and a wonderful wife to be, I am very lucky to be able to send this email in from home and not the hospital. I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT ALL HUNTERS WEAR A LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM. You never know when you’re going to need it and if you don’t ever then better safe then sorry.
Able to hunt another day
Mt. Gilead Ohio
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fI want to start this letter by complimenting you on producing a quality product. In today’s world there are so many “the next greatest hunting product” out there that it can blow an average guys mind with what product is really beneficial. I work at an archery shop and see this on a daily basis, so I would like to tell you and everyone else in the outdoor world how your product saved my life.
It was on one October afternoon that I decided to go out for an afternoon archery hunt. I had a hang on treestand about 25 feet up an oak tree with a set of ladder sticks up to it in a field edge. When I got into my stand on this evening everything was going great, and then it happened. Out of nowhere the cables on the platform broke letting me fall before I even realized what happened. Without your harness I would have fell 25-30 ft down into a pile of old dead tree tops resulting in serious injury or even death. I can not express how grateful my family is to know that there is a company out there with great people who are concerned about keeping people safe and keeping them in the outdoors to enjoy another day not just trying to see how much money you can make off of the newest gadget out there. Again I would like to thank you for making a great product and saving my life.
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I wanted to once again say thank you on behalf of my wife and myself for a life saving product. I served in the Marine Corps for over 20 years as an aviator. I am currently an international pilot, so safety is a big part of my life. We train for the worst case scenario to be as prepared as possible.
Little did I expect to rely on your Hunter Safety System vest to keep me from serious injury and maybe worse. On November 3rd @ 5:30 pm it did just that. I was using a lock-on stand that was located 20-25 feet up in a tree. I just put the stand up a few weeks ago and checked the integrity of the stand prior to installing it. The stand used cables to hold the platform level. Well, one of those cables pulled out of the eye-bolt and off I went. It happened so fast that I didn’t even drop my bow. I was suspended, and thanked God that I wasn’t on the ground. I was comfortable and safe. I put my arrow in the quiver, reached over and grabbed my line and lowered my bow to the ground. I fell off the side of the stand opposite of my steps, so I maneuvered myself to the steps and took the stand down. I then continued down the tree removing my steps. I can not emphasis how important it is for everyone to use a safety device. I’ve been hunting for over 40 years and this was my first accident. It only takes one to alter your life forever. I highly recommend your products to everyone. It could save your life….it did mine.
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Hunter Safety System,
A few years ago, I had the unfortunate experience of falling from my treestand. It took several surgeries to piece me back together again but, thank God, they did and I was able to resume my favorite sport of bowhunting. Since I had fallen once and endured the pain associated with it, I decided to purchase a Hunter Safety System. I never dreamed that I would actually have to put it to the test so quickly.
A few days after both my buddy Loren and I received our new products from you we set out to set all of our tree stands (4 total). We set our first 2 stands without any problems and were really pleased with the simplicity and performance of your products so far. Then it happened! Like a bad nightmare all over again, I had just finished setting all of our steps and securing our third tree stand to the tree and was coming down when the first step unbelievably pulled out on me. I was coming down again. This time however I was secured by your safety harness that was tethered to the lifeline by a prussic knot. I fell only about a foot to 2 feet when the harness tethered to the knot on the lifeline stopped me. (I am not small 6’3”, 215 lbs). After a little bounce against the tree I was just hanging there. I looked down at my stepson who was underneath me on the ground in disbelief that it had happened again. I don’t know who was more pale me or him. My heart was racing probably 100 miles per hour and visions of what happened the year before flashed through my mind. I was shaking but safe. I recovered and was able to get down out of the tree safely without any injury. I later in the season harvested a cow elk and almost (but for a few more steps) got a bull.
Looking back on all of this now even with all that I had to go through on that first accident, I have to thank the good Lord because it could have been worse. I could have been paralyzed or even killed. As far as the second accident, I want to thank all of you at Hunter Safety System. I want to thank you for developing these products that worked for me in a real hunting situation under real circumstances.
To any fellow hunters who might read this, don’t take any chances or think about the money that needs to be spent. I can tell you from experience. “It’s not worth the risk”.
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Hunter Safety System,
I had to put my tree stand safety training to use this fall during my first Ohio whitetail deer hunt. I was hunting the hills of Ohio for the very first time. I hiked up the hill with my HSS Pro Series full body harness and bow. My fixed position stand was 22 feet up in the tree. I attached my HSS lineman's belt and started my accent. I reached the stand and I attached my tether to the tree and tried to undo my belt and just could not get it off. I had screwed the D ring screw clip too tight. I spent a few minutes getting it off. As I climbed into my stand the platform collapsed. My left hand has a death grip on the right hand side of the sear and my left corner dug into my ribs. My feet dangled for a few seconds until I recovered.
Both cables had snapped on the platform and my tether prevented me from falling 22 feet to the ground. The seat did not collapse and I was able to recover and catch my breath. I climbed down and I was totally exhausted. My hunting partner Tom actually witnessed the platform collapse.
HSS full body harness saved my life. I have a wife and three kids under the age of six and the thought of them growing up without me brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for making a quality product that saves people lives.
I am a bow hunting safety instructor for the state of Texas. I will have my own story to tell my students and I am glad I am here to be able to share this with them. Hopefully, they will listen to my story and start wearing full body harnesses when they go hunting.
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In January 2012 I was hunting one of my favorite places. It was in the middle of the week and all of my hunting buddies were working so I was hunting alone. It was about mid morning and a coyote came in from my left. I was going to do the right thing for man that owns the land and take the coyote. As I twisted in my stand to take the shot I leaned too heavily to my left and the upper part of my climber swivelled on the tree. At this point I was dumped out of the stand. I was fully suspended, hanging on the side of the tree 30 feet up, supported by nothing but my Hunter Safety System. Other than a good bit of soreness for the next couple of days I was fine. Thanks to everyone at Hunter Safety System for making a great product. You possibly saved my life or saved me from severe injury. To all hunters who hunt from an elevated position: there is no time to react, it happens quick. Wear a safety harness and I know that HSS works.
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