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    I don't use lifelines, but I'm always hooked to the tree with either my climbing harness tether to tree safety rope when using climbing stands or my climbing rope around the tree hooked to my climbing harness and climbing harness tether hooked to my tree safety rope when getting in and out of lock ons.

    I make up a bunch of tree safety ropes with prussic knot and just leave them hooked to tree when leaving a loc ons in the tree.



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    I've used them. I know I'm safest with them. But find it mildly cumbersome to slide the knot up and down as I climb.
    You can definitely build them for much cheaper with a trip to hardware store. You can even find a lighter weight rope with plenty of strength.

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    I buy them and use them. Great product
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    When I use a ladder stand or climbing sticks which isn't often, I make my own life-line. When I use my climber which is almost always, I tie off right when I begin climbing and then strap the Tree Spider Livewire on as soon as I reach my desired height. Hope I never need to test it.
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    I use them on every hang on stand. I don't understand those who say $40 is too much money per stand. Take a look at what it will cost if you have to be life flighted out of the woods, spend weeks or months in a hospital or need someone to wait on you hand and foot the rest of your life.
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    I won't climb in a stand without one. If I didn't have one then I wouldn't hang that stand. I think $40 is a small investment when it could cost you your life or being crippled the rest of your life. I would just do without a new pack of broadheads for the year and it would cover the $40 it cost. I've been lucky and never fell, but there is always the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. Johnson View Post
    I won't climb in a stand without one. If I didn't have one then I wouldn't hang that stand. I think $40 is a small investment when it could cost you your life or being crippled the rest of your life. I would just do without a new pack of broadheads for the year and it would cover the $40 it cost. I've been lucky and never fell, but there is always the first time.
    Couldn't agree more. I have never fell either, don't have a "hard lesson" for why I do what I do. And the $40 per as a reason not to buy is just silly to me. I understand some folks are of the "it'll never happen to me" ilk. That's their choice - it hasn't happened to me either but I still use the things. I'd buy a "lesser" bow before I'd sacrifice my safety in the tree.

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    Will never leave the ground, EVER, without a lifeline.
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    I have had three Grizzly screw-in steps to break with me over the last 5 years or so. Luckily I had a good handhold on another step on two occasions and the third time I had just snapped, like 2-3 seconds, my safety rope to my harness 25 feet high. Scared the crap out of me and really didn't know what happen it happen so quick. I don't use screw in steps any longer!! Strap-on climbing sections are the way to go.
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    Why on earth would anyone ever get into a tree without using both a life line while climbing and then another to secure yourself while in the tree. I'm not very fond of death or crippling disabilities from falling so I always use them.
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    Put 2 HSS in service last year...they expedite getting set up once you're on the platform...simple and secure...
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  12. #37
    Use them in all my hang on stands and ladder stands. I buy the HSS life lines.
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    I made all mine. I got my material from Rock-n-Rescue. I used static line, I think 13mm. Made my own Prusik knots out of 7mm. I bought it in a 300 foot spool. Nice people and quick shipping. If you can think of it for climbing they have it. IF you call them they will tell you exactly what you need. If I am going in to a pegged tree to hang the stand and take it with me when done I have them all set up to put a lineman's rope on at the ground. All of the fixed that stay up fro the season have lifelines. Anymore I am attached 100% of the time when I leave the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wacker stacker View Post
    You can't build a good one for what you can buy them for. [3 for 90 bucks] I have them on every hang on.
    Static Climbing rope is .50-.75 cents per foot, So a 20 foot section of rope is 10-15 bucks or 30-45 bucks for three.
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    Wouldn't climb without one
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    Awhile back I stated that any person that hunted without a harness was an irresponsible fool and I got flamed for it, but the flaming did not change my opinion. If you are a husband, wife, mother or Dad and have people depending on you to come home safe, you are an irresponsible fool if you do not take a couple basic safety precautions that will up your chances greatly to return home safe. Studies say 1 in 3 will fall that's pretty good odds that an accident can happen. HOOK UP! THERE ARE NO EXCUSES!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaPSE View Post
    Will never leave the ground, EVER, without a lifeline.
    Don't you have to leave the ground without one the first time you run it up the tree to attach it to the top lol. That puts a hole in your plan hahaha
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    Our group has had a few serious accidents over the years. We only use ladder stands now with the rail around them. No life lines though.
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    I use HSS life lines on all my ladder stands and hang-on's that I leave in the tree. I use the top style tree strap for my lone wolf Assault and sticks when hunting with that stand.

    With the assault and sticks I use the linemen's belt while I am initially setting up. Then when I get it all setup I put a HSS lifeline on the tree and hook into that. Now if I need to get down for any reason I can stay connected coming down and going back up. This usually happens when I drop a glove, or my rattling antlers, or my arrow quiver, etc, etc.

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    Who all uses life lines in your stands. And do you buy or build

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    I use Muddy's life lines. I know a guy who fell from 8 feet and is paralyzed from the waist down. Why take a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bow-Hunter_1989 View Post
    Don't you have to leave the ground without one the first time you run it up the tree to attach it to the top lol. That puts a hole in your plan hahaha
    Ummm.....no. When I set up my stand site I attach my life line at the base of the tree BEFORE I leave the ground. Then slide it up as I go higher. When I get to the desired height I then attach my lineman line. Set up the stand. Climb in and then climb higher than the srand...moving the rope up about 5 feet higher than the seat. Climb down and secure the end of the rope. I never leave the ground with out being one with the tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bow-Hunter_1989 View Post
    Don't you have to leave the ground without one the first time you run it up the tree to attach it to the top lol. That puts a hole in your plan hahaha
    NOPE, you use a linemans belt to get you up the tree the first time. Then tie off life line and while your still hooked to linemans belt you connect your saftey harness to lifeline and you are never 'NOT' connected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7sand8s View Post
    I get the 3 pack of HSS LIFE LINES for 88.00 shipped
    Where?
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