NC: Hunter dies after falling from tree stand
Hunter dies after falling from tree stand near Crowders Mountain State
November 22, 2010
A 51-year-old Ranlo man died in a hunting accident Sunday after he fell
approximately 18 feet from a tree stand while hunting white-tailed deer near
the Crowders Mountain State Park boundary.
Richard Lamar Broome Jr. of Ranlo was descending from a tree stand when
his left leg or left foot became entangled, suspending him in the air for at
least a brief period of time, said Chad Arnold, master officer with the
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Broome was able to make a telephone call to his father around 1 p.m.
Sunday and tell him he was OK, but that he had possibly broken his ankle and
needed help, Arnold said.
The father made a return call to Broome, but was unable to reach him. The
father also called another man who had access to the private land, but
Broome was not immediately found.
A search ensued and Broome's left boot and insulated camouflaged pants
were found still hanging in the tree. In less than an hour, Broom was found
outside his truck 633 feet away from the tree stand. "He crawled some
distance to get back to his truck," Arnold said.
Broome did not have any visible injuries although his left foot was
covered with a green wool sock and appeared swollen, Arnold said. An autopsy
will determine an exact cause of death.
Broome had a rifle with him along with other telltale signs, including a
deer call and deer scent, Arnold said. North Carolina law bans hunting with
a gun on Sundays.
Gaston County has not had a hunting related death in years. Arnold could
not remember the last hunting-related death and he was worked for the North
Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for eight years.
However, the leading cause of hunting deaths in the state and nation
involve tree stands, Arnold said. Since 2004, many tree stand manufacturers
have included a harness with each stand.
However, most hunters do not wear them.
"It's almost like a machoism," Arnold said. "They feel like it's not
something that's going to happen to them and it can happen any time either
going up or coming down a tree.
"We just can't drill it into folks' head. It's not if it's going to
happen, it's when is it going to happen." Broome's family could not
immediately be reached for comment.
Broome was a member of Grace Baptist Church and loved "the Lord, hunting,
fishing and his dog Zack," according to his obituary.
He is survived by a daughter, Emily, and parents, Richard and Florence
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Grace
Baptist Church, followed by a funeral service to celebrate his life.
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