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