These guidelines apply to hunt in general, and not just to tree stand hunting.
- Be Prepared. Research the area you are hunting by studying maps and talking to local hunters or authorities/landowners who have responsibility for that area. Anticipate problems and possible emergencies and have procedures/equipment to cope with these. Carry a flashlight, first aid kit, cellular phone, and basic survival kit. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you plan to return – and who they should ring if you don’t return as planned. Get plenty of rest the night before and take plenty of food and drink for your trip.
- Dress for the environment. Take the appropriate clothing for the season that includes layers that will wick away the body moisture, block the wind or rain, and will allow you to be comfortable all-day
- Scout the hunting area. After you have familiarized yourself with the topography from maps, aerial photographs, talking with other hunters/landowner, and covered the key parts to the area looking for deer sign, decide a couple of hunting spots to cater for changes in the weather and other hunters that may be in the area
- Be seen. Wear high visibility fluorescent orange clothing to meet the local regulations
- Positively identify your target. Don’t shoot at movement or sounds. Ensure your target is legal game and not another hunter. Know where other hunters are in the area, and keep that in mind when discharging firearms. Follow all firearm handling rules
- Tree Stands. If using a tree stand, always use a fall restraint device the minute your feet leave the ground until they return to the ground.