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Local hunter injured in tree stand fall, breaks back

November 16, 2011

By Annie Goeller, DailyJournal.net

A hunter who fell from a tree stand crawled to a nearby field to call for help.

James M. Duncan, 31, broke his lower back after he fell about 16 feet from a tree stand to the ground, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Re­sources.

Duncan was hunting on private property in the 5500 block of South County Road 550E in Blue River Township. He was getting down from a tree stand when he saw deer approaching and climbed back up, Conservation Officer Jet Quillen said.

He shot at the deer once and missed. He adjusted his aim and shot again but then lost his balance and fell out of the tree stand, Quillen said.

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