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Deer Hunters Wanted.  

Oct 7, 2017

If you’ve shopped for a tree stand between 1996 and now, you may have noticed a sticker on the box or on the tree stand with the three initials, TMA - the Treestand Manufacturer's Association. This sticker seems to be attached to everything we buy relative to climbing a tree these days, but what the heck does in mean? Climbing a tree prior to 1996 really was all that saf  and certainly there was no accountability regarding tree stand industry standards.  In a room, in a voluntary meeting at a trade show in Atlanta, Georgia in 1995, a group of treestand manufacturers gathered to build a new set of standards specific to a niche group of products that only a niche group of people understand, called treestands. It wasn’t as smooth as you might think, but it certainly changed the industry forever, made it safer, and ultimately more enjoyable and effective for the hunter. That TMA sticker, it means a heck of a lot more than meets the eye.

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  •  The Executive Director of the TMA and  1995
  • Misunderstanding in the Manufacturing
  • Setting Standards, No Assistance to None Members
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, TMA Recommenations
  • Fall Arrest Systems, Full Body Harnesses
  • ASTM, Peer Review, TMS Standards
  • Treestand Standards 12
  • 2124 Test Load Capacity
  • Static Stability and Adherence
  • Quality Assurance Programs
  • OSHA Standards VS TMA
  • Treestand Sub Committee
  • The Circle, Long Time Standard
  • Acronyms, $10,000 3rd Party Audit
  • Many Layers, Cease and Desist, Credibility
  • A Fox Not Guarding the Hen House
  • Holding Each Other Accountable
  • Prior to 1996, Climbing was Scary
  • Statistics, Reported, Investigated
  • Standards that Get Set, Standards for Products
  • Lifelines, Climbers, Belts
  • Recalls, The CPSC 
  • Strong Built and Gander Mountain
  • A Stamp, and MCR, Gorilla Treestands
  • Accountability, Watch Dog Program
  • Bungee Tether, New Products, Game Changers
  • Lifeline Safety Ropes and Suspension Trauma, Safe Descent
  • 480 Investigations, No Deaths with Full Body
  • Self Rescue, Suspension Relief
  • The Big 5- Read, Practice, Wear, Inspect, Never Hurry


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