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Hunting trip turns fatal

Monday, November 28, 2011

BOWLING GREEN -- An annual hunting trip turned deadly this weekend.

According to Indiana Conservation Officer Matt Vossmer, William Davis, 76, Rosedale, died after an alleged fall from a tree while hunting Friday.

At approximately 10:23 a.m., Friday, officials received a 911 call regarding the accident, which took place approximately one mile north of State Road 46 on County Road 700 East, northeast of Bowling Green.

Vossmer told The Brazil Times Davis and a friend were together Friday for an annual hunting trip.

Vossmer said the two were approximately 250-yards apart from each other.

At 10 a.m., Vossmer said the hunting partner climbed down from his perch in a tree to meet up with Davis.

The partner went by Davis' stand and didn't see him. Believing Davis had walked back to their vehicle, the partner started in that direction. However, Vossmer said the partner noticed Davis' hunting bag still in the tree.

He walked back to the tree and found Davis lying there.

Vossmer said evidence at the scene showed Davis fell from his tree stand, adding an autopsy showed Davis had sustained blunt force trauma to his chest and back.

Vossmer said the homemade tree stand was approximately 13-feet from the ground. Vossmer said the seat Davis had was detachable.

"There have been several accidents throughout the state," Vossmer said. "This is the No. 1 type of fatality during hunting accidents."

Vossmer said he wanted to remind hunters to wear full-body harnesses when using tree stands to hunt.

"It was just a bad deal all the way around," he said.


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THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE A HAPPY TIME OF THE YEAR. MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE FAMILY, BUT I HAVE TO ASK WHY CLIMB A TREE AT AGE 76. I CAN'T OR AM AFRAID TO CLIMB AT 70 AND I LOVE HUNTING

-- Posted by wiser by age on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 1:27 PM


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