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WV: Tree stand hunters need to use caution

October 5, 2013

From TheInterMountin.com

The statewide deer archery season came in last Saturday, and Randolph County started it out with a tree stand fall. I heard the first report of this on a home scanner at about 8:45 a.m. The county emergency squad was bringing in a victim to the hospital complaining of severe pain in his lower back, hips and upper legs.
This person received a fractured coccyx (tail bone), cracked pelvis and a punctured lung. The distance of the fall was a measured 17 1/2 feet. Chances are, this individual is out for this year's hunting season.
Some reports have indicated that as many as 500 hunters are killed each year throughout North America involving tree stand falls. Another 5,000 to 7,000 are permanently disabled in some way and another 10,000 to 12,000 hunters have less serious injuries. The severity of the injuries appears to be directly related to the distance of the fall. However, even short falls (6 feet or less) can cause internal injuries, spinal injuries, and death.

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