Hunters Injured More By Tree Stands Than Guns

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For the first time in a long time, Ron Horn feels well enough to get out of bed and get
some fresh air. A few weeks ago, Ron was prepping this tree stand for deer hunting season when
he suddenly slipped and fell 2 stories to the ground.\
>>RON HORN: They found me about 4 o'clock the next day, so I laid there about 20 hours.
And it rained all night and the temperature dropped.\
>>NARRATOR: Suffering from hypothermia, Ron was flown to Ohio State University Medical
Center. It was there doctors determined he'd broken his hip, 7 ribs and two vertebrae.
It's the kind of hunting accident some doctors have come to expect.\
>>CHARLES COOK, MD: What we found, actually, was that 50% of our admissions were suffering
from falls, usually from their tree stands and only 30% of our admissions were gunshot
wounds.\ >>NARRATOR:
\f0 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0 Doctor Charles Cook of Ohio State Medical
Center just published a study on hunting injuries that shows falls - not weapons - pose the
greatest risk to hunters. Especially in the midwest and south where tree stands like these
are common. They're built to give hunters an advantage, but their size and height can
prove dangerous.\ >>CHARLES COOK:
\f1 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0 Most of these aren't falls from 3 or 4 feet.
The falls are anywhere from 10 to 15, sometimes 20 or 30 feet.\
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And most of the time, hunters aren't wearing a safety harness. Ron says he was lucky. Even
though he's been hunting safely most of his life, he owes his life to his 10-year old
daughter who found him. And he has advice for anyone who sets out to hunt this fall.\
>>RON HORN: I \f1 \expnd0\expndtw0\kerning0
t just takes one time. One time of overlooking simple safety rules that can cost you.\
>>NARRATOR: At Ohio State University Medical Center, this is Clark Powell reporting.}