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Hunter Airlifted To Hospital After Falling From Tree Stand

November 3, 2011

From WAPT.com

HAZLEHURST, Miss. -- A hunter was seriously injured Thursday after falling from a tree stand in Copiah County, wildlife officials said.

Dustin Shelton, who is in his early 20s, was bow hunting in a homemade wooden stand on Shelton Road Thursday morning, when he was injured, said Jim Walker, of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Shelton shot at a deer, but then the stand either collapsed or malfunctioned, causing the hunter to fall 16 to 20 feet to the ground, Walker said.

Shelton, who was having difficulty breathing, was taken by four-wheeler to an area where he was picked up and flown to Hardy Wilson Hospital in Hazlehurst, authorities said.

A MDWFP reconstruction team is investigating the incident, Walker said.

Shelton's condition was not immediately available.

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