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Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by YellaJacket » September 29th, 2011, 8:20 pm

A hunting buddy fell off the tree tonight while putting up his stand for saturdays opening bow day. He fell fifteen feet flat on his back. He was able to use his cell to call 911 and got to the hospital about an hour ago by helicopter. I have been in touch with family and will know more tomorrow. I am going to see him hopefully. Hes definitely got injuries but right now to soon to speculate. I'm praying for the best. You guys headin out to deer hunt sat in VA or anywhere else and going up a tree remember this. Be safe wear harnesses, check securing straps for fixed stands or ladder sections. Dont use safety straps long before replacing. They break down in the elements. I cant picture any of my hunting buddies immobilized but now faced with that possibility.

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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by Hognutz » September 29th, 2011, 9:02 pm

This is a tradgedy. Prayers go out to your buddy and his family. You can't stress safety enough. Those harnesses must be worn in order for them to work..I am so sorry to hear this..
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Post by hoobilly » September 29th, 2011, 9:17 pm

will keep him in my thoughts...

I have a friend who was testing his relocated tree stand fall out. Top strap broke, free fall 24'
major head concussion, broke all ribs except 2. Broke left wrist and tore ligaments etc in hand.

Broke right hip, shattered the ball. He was in a coma for 19 days.

He is blessed to be alive. Not much hunting for him this year of course...but alive and able to be with his daughters.

Praying for the best for your friend Yellajacket.

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Post by YellaJacket » September 29th, 2011, 9:41 pm

The family just called. His back is broke. He is not paralyzed thank the lord. No known internal injuries. Now my buddy is a die hard hunt it all guy. He is ranting now because he has to eat a elk and mule deer hunt that he was going on in two weeks. Within an hour of getting to the hospital he told family to call and let another friend know he wasnt going to make the hunt this year. I bet everyone here this. If the sun is shining and the world is turning in 2012 he'll make that hunt as well as another we have planned. Main thing now is he heals up right once the neuro surgeon gets through. I love him to death the dang hard head.

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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by GOLD HUNTER » September 29th, 2011, 10:33 pm

we hope he gets better soon and hes back in the woods hunting . :thumbup:

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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by Hognutz » September 30th, 2011, 8:01 am

Thank God that the news is good. It could have been so much worse. The bones will heal. The hunts will continue. He is one lucky man. Mike
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Post by YellaJacket » September 30th, 2011, 8:07 am

Thanks everyone. I was going to visit today but he is still being checked out before surgery. I wanted to take him some hunting mags and visit but want him to get the surgery over and let things calm down. I may get there by Sunday. I am keeping in touch and will give an update.

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Post by Stinky J Picklestein » September 30th, 2011, 11:24 am

Glad to hear he's going to be OK (eventually). Get him a ground blind for Christmas. ;)

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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by Turkey Talker » September 30th, 2011, 8:35 pm

wow, that sucks! glad he isnt paralyzed. takes awhile to heal up from that. Good Luck to that guy, hope he doesnt have any lasting pain from that.
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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by Grover » October 1st, 2011, 9:18 pm

Keeping him in my thoughts and prayers. I'm one of the lucky ones,I fell out of a tree in 2000 and only had cuts and bruises. I fell 15 feet, half way down hit my face on the ladder and spun me out and around. I landed flat on my back, 8 stitches in my face and a concussion. I do know how lucky I am, hoping for the best for your friend.
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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by HuntnMa » October 2nd, 2011, 5:46 am

Continued prayers sent
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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by YellaJacket » October 2nd, 2011, 7:36 am

Well,
turns out his back is broken in two places but no cord damage. expecting to have a recovery.

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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by Hognutz » October 2nd, 2011, 8:05 am

That is great news. It could have been so much worse..
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Post by YellaJacket » October 2nd, 2011, 11:11 am

Ok latest report. Top break turned out to be minor. Lower back has broken L2 and part of L1. Surgery is over..back was fused with hardware in place. I heard he may even come home tomorrow. Whoa..is all I can say about that. I mean he's not going to be doing jumping jacks or anything but the difference it makes when the spinal cord isn't damaged.

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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by Hognutz » October 2nd, 2011, 12:33 pm

This is really good news. Imagine how bad this could have been..Great to hear that he is on the mend..
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Re: Tree stand accident and awareness

Post by hoobilly » October 2nd, 2011, 5:12 pm

So glad to hear he is doing good.


My bud is having surgery to reconstruct nerve damage in his left arm...then the steal plates will be roomed a month later....his season is over this year. But, he is alive and well and at home.

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