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DNR urging hunters to stay safe while hunting after second fall

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Mark Neuhaus, 53, fell about 16 feet from his stand on private property around 5:30 p.m. northeast of Angola Saturday.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017 9:26 PM
Updated: Oct. 17, 2017 9:26 PM

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - An Angola man was sent to the hospital after falling from a tree stand while hunting this weekend.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Mark Neuhaus, 53, fell about 16 feet from his stand on private property around 5:30 p.m. northeast of Angola Saturday.

His brothers found him around 8:30 p.m. after he didn't return home.

Neuhaus was flown to a hospital with arm, legs and rib injuries.

The DNR said Neuhaus was the sixth man to fall from a tree so far this hunting season.

James Price, a conservation officer in Steuben County, said these falls could've been prevented.

"There's a lot of safety equipment with deer hunting. A lot of time many people associate the only safety equipment with wearing hunter orange, which of course isn't required in archery season," Price said.

Deer archery season in Indiana started October 1.

In two weeks, two men fell from tree stands in Steuben County.

"The majority of the incidents that we have in the woods, during the deer season in the sport of hunting is tree stand falls," said Price.

Price said in both cases, the victims were taken to hospitals by air ambulances.

"When you fall, there are serious injuries that happen. The safety harness or fall-arrest system will keep you from hitting the ground.}When you fall, there are serious injuries that happen. The safety harness or fall-arrest system will keep you from hitting the ground," Price added.

He said both victims weren't wearing a harness in their stands.

Price recommends people wear a full body harness instead of a lap or chest harness.

"It disperses the shock, should you happen to fall, throughout your whole body. It will also keep you upright as you hang," Price said.

The tree stand you use can also make a difference.

The DNR recommends buying a stand from a sporting goods store because those stands go through several tests.

"We don't recommend using homemade stands. They're not as safe as what these manufactured stands are," said Price.

Price also recommends hunters carry a cell phone so you can call for help or let family know you'll be late after harvesting a deer.

 

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