(Hanover-AP, Nov. 16, 2003 2:10 PM) _ A hunter from
Connecticut is hospitalized after falling from his tree stand in Hanover
(New Hampshire) yesterday and lying helpless on the ground for about 16
Fish and Game Sergeant Brian Suttmeier says 44-year-old
Gus Vandermaelen from East Haven, Connecticut, fell from the tree on Moose
Mountain around 8:30 yesterday morning. He was found around 12:30 this
morning. The hunter apparently hurt his back and couldn't move.
After getting the call around nine o'clock last night,
Suttmeier said conservation officers John Wimsatt and Eric Hannett fired
shots in the woods and heard the hunter yelling for them. They found him at
the base of a tree, about 20 feet below his deer stand.
Suttmeier said Vandermaelen fired a couple of shots during
the day to try to attract attention, but couldn't continue firing because he
wasn't able to reload.
In addition to a possible back injury, the hunter may have