I'm a new deer hunter in NY who's getting started with crossbow hunting. A neighbor voluntarily left his ladder tree stand on our property for me to use, and I'm wondering what the best safety harness system to use with the tree stand is. I plan to use a lifeline paired with either a full body harness or a climber's harness.
I was about to buy the full body harness for treestand safety but I heard that a climbing harness may be better for a few reasons:
- Less risk of suspension trauma (supposedly)
- More upper body flexibility if you fall from a tree stand, making it easier to climb back up and regain your position
- Generally cheaper
- Easier to get into and out of
Safety is my main concern. Affordability is my second, since who knows whether I'll really enjoy the experience of hunting in the long run. Any suggestions appreciated, and recommendations for a particular brand or model of harness to buy.