Be safe with a system

The Hunter Safety Systems harness was designed after a close call involving a collapsed deer stand.

Hunter Safety System, Inc. was born out of a love for hunting and a desire to keep safe all hunters who use tree stands. Even so, it took a near-death experience to provide the impetus for the creation of the HSS harness.

In the fall of 2000, John and Jerry Wydner were hunting deer near Eufala, Ala., when John’s tree stand collapsed beneath him.  Because he wasn’t wearing the harness that came with his stand, he was headed to the ground and certain injury. However, he was able to catch hold of the top of the climber, and them shinny down the tree.

By the time he reached the ground, his clothing was torn, and he was bleeding and shaken. He immediately called for help.  As soon as Jerry arrived, his first question was why John wasn’t wearing his harness, to which John replied, “Were you wearing yours?”

That experience led to the design and manufacture of a safety harness for hunters that was comfortable, affordable and could be manufactured to fit the needs of a variety of users. The Wydners’ design team decided it would be perfect if a harness could be belt into a vest that would be easy to get into and out of.  The problem would be making it adjustable to fit different body sizes. After much trial and error, a product design that met all of the criteria was developed.

The HSS design has changed how hunters view safety harnesses. These systems have become the safest, most-comfortable and easiest-to-use harnesses on the market. The patented designs offer hunters conveniences that no other harness can give. These include having no hanging or dangling straps, saddle-style leg straps for comfort should a fall occur, full adjustability for light or heavy clothing and unrestricted mobility in a tree stand like no other harness can offer.

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Phillip Gentry of Waterloo, S.C., is an avid outdoorsman and said if it swims, flies, hops or crawls, he's usually not too far behind.

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