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Martinsville hunter adds insult to injury

November 30, 2011

From XRBRadio.com

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the hunting accident, as well as hunting tactics, of 54 year old Steven Bradley of Martinsville.

Bradley was deer hunting alone Thanksgiving Day on private property near Paragon, IN. As Bradley began to climb down and disassemble his tree stand, one of the straps holding the stand to the tree broke, causing him to fall 6 to 7 feet to the ground. Bradley suffered a compound fracture to his left ankle as well as damage to his right knee. He was able to crawl back to his vehicle to get help and was transported to Methodist Hospital by ambulance.

As Conservation Officers Bryan Knoy and Ryan Vanderlugt began investigating the hunting accident they observed Bradley’s Remington 700 rifle leaning against a tree. That caliber of rifle is illegal to hunt deer with in Indiana. Bradley later admitted to deer hunting with the rifle. The officers will complete their investigation and turn their findings over to Morgan County Prosecutor’s Office for review of charges. Bradley could face charges of hunting deer with an illegal weapon, a class C misdemeanor.

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