The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 24, 2007, 06:20 AM   #1
Gbro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 20, 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,052
Hunter falls from stand

Saturdays paper
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/
Had a story about a 62 year old bear hunter in Northern MN (Remer MN) that fell from his stand on last monday evning. He spent 5 nights out there, 2 nights had heavey frost, 3 were rain, and found by his Grandson who came up to hunt with him.

He suffered a Hip Fracture, and a pelvis break. No food or water.
He is in the Duluth Hospital, and doing good.

I am unable to bring this story up on the web, i do have the paper article.

Point to be learned,
Even though this hunter lived alone, he could/ you could call someone to let them know you will be gone hunting and they/you could call back when home. Even if that friend familey member lives across the country.
Nobody missed this hunter in five days.
__________________
Gbro
CGVS
For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, But to us who are being saved, It Is The Power Of God. 1Corinthians 1-18
Gbro is offline  
Old September 24, 2007, 07:48 AM   #2
FirstFreedom
Junior member
 
Join Date: May 31, 2004
Location: The Toll Road State, U.S.A.
Posts: 12,451
Wow

-That's one tough codger, to survive like that in those temps with injuries, with no food or water. Glad to hear it.

-Always use a harness.

-Always tell someone where you will be hunting, OR have a cell phone with a signal on you - one or the other; preferably both.

-The rain just *might* have saved his bacon - he may have been able to open his mouth and collect some, or get some of nearby ground/leaves/etc.
FirstFreedom is offline  
Old September 24, 2007, 06:33 PM   #3
CamoCop
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 2, 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 133
good reminder. i try not to hunt alone and if i do....someone always knows where i'm hunting.
CamoCop is offline  
Old September 24, 2007, 08:21 PM   #4
fisherman66
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 22, 2005
Location: Rhome, TX
Posts: 4,641
Quote:
That's one tough codger
Ain't that the truth. Makes me want to take a nip of antifreeze just thinkin about it.
__________________
la plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas!
fisherman66 is offline  
Old September 25, 2007, 07:57 AM   #5
Double Naught Spy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 8, 2001
Location: Forestburg, Montague County, Texas
Posts: 10,227
http://www.ihea.com/news-and-events/...nt-reports.php

Falls related to tree stands and resulting injuries, both via firearms and not, result in something like 10-30% lethality. Some are simple falls. Some are where hunters get shot or shoot themselves and fall, and others are where huntings fall and shoot themselves when landing.

If you check some of the incidents from previous years, the reporting style varies, but you get a lot of folks doing stupid things with loaded guns. However, a bunch seem to get hurt while in the process of climbing in and out of stands. Factors such as the transition to and from the stands, re-adjusting once in the stands, and falling asleep and falling from the stand seem to be the sorts of non-firearm caused falls that are most common (based on my previous readings of earlier IHEA reports, not all of which are posted on the above site).
Double Naught Spy is offline  
Old September 26, 2007, 06:07 AM   #6
Gbro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 20, 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,052
Here is the story, as i was unable to access it before;

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/art...0&section=None


Remer man survives 20-foot fall from tree stand
Sam Cook Duluth News Tribune
Published Saturday, September 22, 2007

During the long, cold nights, Larry Mackey sang.

He sang because he was afraid to fall asleep and become hypothermic.

He didn’t want to die, lying there on the ground below his bear-hunting stand with a broken hip and a broken pelvis.


"Click on the link for the whole story and the hunters picture"
__________________
Gbro
CGVS
For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, But to us who are being saved, It Is The Power Of God. 1Corinthians 1-18
Gbro is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 07:32 AM   #7
TheNatureBoy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 6, 2007
Posts: 1,170
I'm glad he survived this unfortunate incident, and I hope he will use a harness the next time. A five foot fall from a tree stand was enough to convince me. I agree with other posts that suggest taking a cell phone along with you or letting someone know where you're gonna be hunting.

About 2 years ago a guy was hunting in Williamsburg, Va. His black powder pistol discharged and hit him in the leg. To make a short story even shorter the poor guy blead to death. If I remember correctly his cell phone was in his truck.

He's a tough ole' guy. Hope he recovers, and is able to get back in the woods.
TheNatureBoy is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 07:48 AM   #8
BlackPaladin
Junior Member
 
Join Date: September 29, 2007
Posts: 14
The knife lovers' equivalent to this site is www.bladeforums.com, and they have an excellent sub-forum called wilderness and survival that addresses these things.
BlackPaladin is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 08:57 AM   #9
Kreyzhorse
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 12, 2006
Location: NKY
Posts: 11,373
One of my old hunting partners fell out of tree stand and knocked himself out cold. It was preseason and he was by himself. Had no idea how long he was out but he jacked up his shoulder and broke his finger. Recently met another hunter who dropped his rifle from his stand and the gun went off as it hit a branch on the way down. He was shot in the stomach.

I only hunt from the ground these days but always have a cell and 2 way radio with me.
__________________
"He who laughs last, laughs dead." Homer Simpson
Kreyzhorse is offline  
Old September 30, 2007, 10:39 AM   #10
Huntergirl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 8, 2005
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 907
What a tough guy. A cell phone would have come in handy. Its not always by choice that one hunts alone. If there's nobody to hunt with, I sure as heck would still go. A harness is a lifesaver.
Huntergirl is offline  
Old October 8, 2007, 11:25 PM   #11
geezer in NH
Member
 
Join Date: September 28, 2007
Posts: 80
A climbing harness and a safety belt would have made this a non-issue. Hunter safety course are not full of crap.
geezer in NH is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2013 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08797 seconds with 7 queries