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By David Figura l dfigura@NYup.com
The state Department of Environmental Conservation this week released its first-ever summary of treestand related accidents during the fall hunting season.
State Environmental Conservation officers looked into a total of 12 accidents – 6 that resulted in deaths of hunters.
(In above 2010 photo, deer hunter Chris Nutter of Cicero sits in one of the tree stands he used for hunting that year. Nutter has been a hunter safety instructor for years and preaches about safely using tree stands.)
Noteworthy 2017 incidents investigated
*5 fatal accidents involved no full body harness
*1 fatal accident involved an unattached harness
*3 non-fatal accidents involved no full body harness
*3 non-fatal accidents involved an unattached body harness
Summary of incidents investigated
*10/20 – Oswego County. Fatality. No harness. Hang-on tree stand. Hunter fell from stand when ratchet strap securing stand to tree broke. Stand condition poor.
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