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Deer Hunter Breaks Back After Falling From Tree Stand

Last updated on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

(JOHNSON COUNTY) - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident where a hunter was severely injured after falling from his tree stand.

At approximately 5:55 pm on Tuesday evening, Indiana Conservation Officers, Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies and Johnson County EMS responded to a call in rural Johnson County for an injured hunter.

Conservation Officer Jon Fennig says that the 31 year old male was deer hunting when he fell approximately 16 feet to the ground from a tree stand. The hunter was not wearing a safety harness.

The hunter was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was being treated for a broken lower back.

Conservation Officers ask that hunters routinely check to ensure that their stands are secure and to wear a safety harness to prevent this type of incident.

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