DANVILLE, Ala. (June 26, 2017) – Each year, thousands of hunters are injured in treestand accidents. In fact, according to the Treestand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA), there are about 4,000 emergency room visits per year due to treestand falls. Of those visits, an average of 23 result in a death each year. While the number of fatalities from treestand accidents continues to decline, the ultimate goal is still zero. In an effort to meet that goal, Hunter Safety System, the industry leader in treestand safety, is asking SEOPA (Southeastern Outdoor Press Association) media members to raise awareness about the importance of proper treestand safety through their professional outlets. HSS will present cash awards for the top three-published/aired treestand-safety stories.
This contest will begin immediately and will run through Sept. 1, 2018. Winners will be announced at the 2018 SEOPA conference to be held in October in Florence, S.C. Prizes will be $500 for first place, $250 second place and $100 for third place. All published/aired stories need to be submitted to Karen Lutto at Karen@hunteroc.com by midnight Aug. 31, 2018.
“All treestand accidents are preventable,” said Jay Everett, marketing manager. “We hope that by partnering with the media to promote safety measures when hunting from a treestand, we will educate more people and help them avoid serious injury or a fatality.
“We want to make sure that every hunter that goes into the woods also comes back out in the same condition.”
Any active SEOPA media member is welcome to submit published/aired pieces of work. Mention of specific product brands is neither encouraged or discouraged and will have no impact on judging. Judges will not be directly affiliated with HSS or SEOPA. For additional information or questions, please feel free to contact Lutto at 830-755-4308 or email Karen@hunteroc.com.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Danville, Ala., Hunter Safety System is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative deer hunting gear and hunting equipment for the serious hunter. The company has exclusive rights for use of ElimiShield in the hunting industry. For additional information, write to: The Hunter Safety System, 8237 Danville Road, Danville, AL 35619; call toll-free 877-296-3528; or visit www.hssvest.com.