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‘Let’s be careful out there’ in tree stands

Hunters should exercise caution when handling firearms and getting in and out of tree stands

BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer Published: November 11, 2012
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I’m dating myself, but do you remember Hill Street Blues, the police drama from the ‘80s that aired on NBC?

One of the most popular characters was Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, played by the late Michael Conrad, who would issue his trademark instruction to officers at the close of each roll call: “Let’s be careful out there.”

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Six important safety tips

• Never point your firearm at something you do not intend to shoot.

• Assume every firearm is loaded.

• Always be sure of your target and what is on the other side of it.

• Wear a full body harness, not only when you are in a stand but also when climbing in and out of it.

• Use a haul line to lift your unloaded gun or bow into the stand or when lowering it to the ground.

• Inspect your stand before each use.

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