Hunting accidents taking deadly turn

Hunting accidents taking deadly turn

ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) – A local hunter is recovering Tuesday, Dec. 2, after falling nearly 30 feet out of a deer stand near Eastfork Lake Monday.

Incredibly, he suffered no serious injuries but others have not been so lucky. A Westwood man died Monday, Nov. 30, in Adams County during a hunting related, ATV accident.

Hunting season in the Tri-State is in full swing, but it’s already a tragic season for a number of families. George Whitt was killed in Adams County when he flipped his 4 wheeler, heading out for an early morning, family deer hunt. His sons found him nearly five hours later.

Adams County sheriff’s department Sargent Mike Estep was there and told Local 12, “Going in in the dark, not being familiar with the area and conditions, not being the greatest either on the trail; I think all was factors.”

Even more common are accidents where hunters fall from tree stands. Over the last few weeks a Brown County man was paralyzed when he fell from a tree stand and in early Oct. 2015, Greg Burns was killed in Adams County when his tree stand collapsed. His son Justin found him and recently posted an emotional video on Facebook asking hunters to wear a safety harness at all times when they’re in a tree.

He gave Local 12 permission to share, “What I’m trying to say is, you owe it to your family. You owe it to your friends. You owe it to your kids where you wear a lifeline from the base of the tree to the top and you’re never, never disconnected from anything.”

Most modern tree stands are actually sold with some sort of fall restraint system.

Ohio Division of Wildlife Game Warden Scott Cartwright explained, “People who fall out of a tree stand, they could spend 40 dollars that could save their life but it’s not gonna happen to me. Riding an ATV to your hunting site; you’ve done it 20 times over the last 10 years and it’s not gonna happen to me. We could take precautions but we choose not to.”

According to the Division of Wildlife, falls from tree stands are not considered “hunting accidents” so there’s no requirement to report them. That makes it difficult to figure out exactly how many occur. National statistics say one out of three hunters will fall from a tree in their hunting career

5 Comments

  1. TheMetalGuy Rokks on March 20, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    😂😂😂😂😂😂 made my day…tnx

  2. andy cox on March 20, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Good news at last.   May it continue.  Fucking hunting retards.

  3. G D on March 20, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Not this one but saw future of friend before my very eyes there’s no school for this gift it seems

  4. big bad papa bear on March 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Haha serves him right. I have no use for fucking hunters

  5. RUEBEN HOLDEN on March 20, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    MY FRIEND DIED FROM A 30 FOOT FALL OUT OF HIS STAND. BROKE HIS NECK AND LAYED THERE FOR 8 HOURS UNTIL WE FOUND HIM. BE SAFE OUT THERE!

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