Yesterday Dennis was climbing down his stick ladder, and the buckle on the top strap holding the ladder broke, causing the ladder to lean away from the tree and throw Dennis' balance off, causing him to fall. Please take a minute and say a prayer for he and his family. He had to lie there for about an hour or so til someone could get to him. Looks like hes gonna make it but he's in pretty bad shape with two broken legs and a burst fracture in his lower back.
Be safe out there. Sure seems that, although both are needed, a safety rope on the way up and down is more important than being buckled in when you are actually in the stand.