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South Ga. man dies after fall from deer stand in rural Ala.; incident is 3rd this season

South Ga. man dies after fall from deer stand in rural Ala.; incident is 3rd this season

January 8, 2011

PAVO, Ga. (AP) A south Georgia man has died after falling from a deer stand in southeast Alabama.

Daryl Eugene Burton of Pavo, Ga., was found dead at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday northwest of Seale, Ala., in Russell County. Authorities say the 57-year-old Burton had fallen about 16 feet.

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Authorities say it is the third such fatal accident this week in the state and is a reminder of the importance of wearing safety harnesses when using a tree stand.

A group of hunters discovered Burton's body after dropping him off about two hours earlier and looking for him when they were unable to reach him on his cell phone.

Two similar accidents have been reported since Dec. 30 in Autuaga and Washington counties, making this the deadliest hunting season since 2004. Eight nonfatal incidents have also been reported this hunting season.

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