OH: Enjoy deer season, but be prepared and safe
Enjoy deer season, but be prepared and safe | Toledo, Ohio Hunting
Deer gun season began midnight Monday and hunters were out in full force
But recent studies show it's not the gun that is likely to injure hunters
this year, but other accidents -- namely falling from tree stands or
overexertion while hunting.
Here at Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC were are here to make sure
you're prepared for the hunt in all aspects before heading out to the
According to one Ohio study, half of hunting-related injuries that sent
people to the hospital were caused by falls, 92 percent from tree stands.
Gunshot wounds made up 29 percent of injuries. Very few of the injuries (2.3
percent) were related to alcohol use.
The biggest lesson learned from the study: Use the safety harness that
comes standard on all tree stands.
The Treestand Manufacturer's Association has numbers that show 60 percent
of hunting accidents are from tree stand falls. Broken arms, legs and ribs,
as well as back and spinal cord injuries are possible.
The Ohio study shows that 80 percent of falls result in surgery and four
patients in Ohio alone have ended up paralyzed. Only one so far has reported
using a safety harness.
Gravity will always win in a fall, so be safe and wear a harness.
If you are going out to hunt this week, we hope you have had a check-up
lately to make sure you can handle the stress of hunting.
A recent study by a Michigan hospital found that a deer hunter's heart
rate would double upon seeing a deer, even when standing still. After
shooting, gutting and dragging a deer out the woods, the heart rate raced
well above the maximum.
The study concluded with what we already know: Hunting is strenuous and
can trigger heart disease in sedentary men and women.
Moving through the wooded areas, occasionally uphill, can cause the heart
to work hard. If you're not usually used to that sort of exertion, it's
possible you can get worn out quickly and, when you add dragging a 200-pound
buck back to your vehicle, it could be a recipe for tragedy.
It's wise to know the warning signs of a heart attack (numbness in the
arms, face or legs, sudden dizziness or lack of coordination), have a
wireless phone within range of a tower, move at a comfortable pace and rest
if you feel tired and get help to move a deer to your vehicle.
We're hopeful the 2010 deer gun season will be one residents can enjoy
and celebrate. A few cautious steps along the way will help make that a
If you or someone you know has been involved in a hunting accident, call
our Toledo, Ohio hunting accident attorneys at 800.637.8170 for a free case
evaluation or to request your free copy of The Ohio Accident Book.
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