Hunter injured after tree stand fall
ORANGE COUNTY,Ind. (September 19, 2015)–A hunter was injured Saturday while making preparations for the upcoming deer hunting season.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating after 44-year-old Stephen Welp of Borden fell from his tree stand.
Welp fell 12 feet while trying to set up a tree stand by himself. Investigators say he was attaching the stand to the tree, a strap loosened, and the stand fell as Welp clung to the platform.
Emergency personnel transported Welp from the woods to a conservation officer’s boat and was then taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of a broken leg.
Conservation officers say Welp was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the incident.