Tree Stand Falls Most-Common Hunting Accident

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – State wildlife officials say at least eight Indiana hunters have fallen from elevated stands since the archery deer hunting season opened Oct. 1.

State conservation officers say tree stand falls are the most-common hunting accident.

Officials say one such accident happened Sunday in western Indiana's Vigo County when 60-year-old Dave Archer of Rosedale fell about 20 feet. Archer was able to use a cellphone to call for help and was taken to an Indianapolis hospital in critical condition.

State Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom tells the Tribune-Star about 100 tree stand falls have been reported in the past five years. That's more than half of all hunting accidents in that time.

Indiana's firearm deer hunting season starts Friday and ends Nov. 30.