By Mike Perleberg
(Brookville, Ind.) - A hunting accident landed a Brookville man in the hospital Monday evening.
Matthew Wolfrum was setting up a 17 foot tree stand in Franklin County when it gave way, sending him into a free fall to the ground. Wolfrum suffered broken bones in his leg and ankle, as well as scratches and bruises.
Indiana Conservation Officers remind hunters that falls from elevated tree stands are the most common hunting-related accident. In 2012, Indiana recorded 29 hunting accidents not involving the use of a firearm and 27 of those were tree stand accidents.
“These accidents and the injuries sustained are often life changing if not fatal,” said Conservation Officer Corey Norrod.
Norrod suggests hunters use of a wearable safety harness to increase their odds of safety.