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Deer hunter injured in fall from tree stand

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A Demotte hunter was injured on Tuesday after falling from a tree stand in Newton County, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

Tyler Claus, 18, fell approximately 20 feet to the ground, apparently after falling asleep in his tree stand, the DNR said. Claus was able to phone a friend who was hunting nearby and then transported to Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, Ill., for treatment of a possible broken hip, the DNR said.

“Elevated tree-stand falls are one of the most common deer hunting accidents investigated by Conservation Officers throughout the state,” the DNR said. “Tree-stand falls can be prevented by using proper equipment that includes steady well constructed stands, sturdy ladders, and a full body safety harness. It is prudent for hunters to carry cell phones, and let others know when and where they will be hunting.” A Brookville, Ind., hunter was injured on Monday after falling from his tree stand in Franklin County, the DNR reported earlier this week.

Hunters may also hunt from ground blinds. See www.in.gov/dnr/ for laws and regulations pertaining to ground blinds.

Posted 10/2/2013