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Deer Hunter Falls From Tree Stand

Last updated on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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

On Nov. 24, Bradley was deer hunting alone on private property near Paragon. As he began to climb down and disassemble his tree stand, one of the straps holding the stand to the tree broke, causing Bradley 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. Bradley was able to crawl back to his vehicle to get help. He was transported to Methodist Hospital by ambulance.

As Conservation Officers Bryan Knoy and Ryan Vanderlugt began investigating the hunting accident, they saw 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.

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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