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AL: Prattville man dies in hunting accident

Prattville man dies in hunting accident

January 4, 2011

PRATTVILLE—A Prattville man died Monday after falling about 35-feet from a deer stand.

Jimmy W. Stanfield, 60, died in the accident, said Sheriff Herbie Johnson. The sheriff’s office has ruled the death a hunting accident, he said. Stanfield and his son were hunting off County Road 3 in Bear Creek Swamp and had gone to two separate locations on the hunting club property, sheriff reports show.

The younger Stanfield told deputies he tried several times during that afternoon to communicate with his father by cellular phone, but wasn’t able to. Jimmy Stanfield was found about 6:30 p.m. at the base of a tree that held the deer stand. The stand, which was about 35-feet in the air, apparently came apart and Stanfield fell, the report shows.

When hunting from an elevated stand, people should use a full body harness to prevent injuries or death if they fall, said Ray Metzler, hunting safety coordinator for the Alabama Department of Conservation. The harnesses can be bought at most locations that sell hunting supplies.

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