(SHELBURN) - Donald G. Pierce, 18, of Jasonville, was injured from an apparent 20 foot fall from an elevated deer hunting stand. Pierce stated he was climbing a tree when a branch he was standing on broke.
Pierce suffered injuries to his back and lower extremities. He was flown by Lifeline helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Indiana Conservation Officers were contacted at 5:50 p.m. and are investigating the incident.
Pierce managed to make a cell phone call to his mother. She contacted a friend of Pierce's who knew his hunting location. He was located approximately 4 miles east of Shelburn, approximately 1/4 mile from the county road in a wooded area, near County Road 325 East and County Road 600 North
Pierce was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the fall. Indiana Conservation Officers recommend hunters always wear a full body safety harness when climbing a tree or hunting from an elevated stand. Falls from elevated hunting stands are the most frequent cause of hunting related injuries.
Sullivan City Fire Department, Sullivan County Ambulance Team, and Sullivan County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene.
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