Massachusetts Hunter Airlifted After Being Paralyzed From Hunting Stand Fall

by Will Shepard

Whenever you go out hunting, you take extra precautions with your gun or bow to ensure that you don’t hurt yourself. However, there are a lot of ways outside of handling a firearm that can hurt you.

One way that most people probably don’t think about very often is falling out of your tree stand. This incredibly awful scenario happened to a Massachusetts hunter on Sunday, January 17.

A man was out hunting in the woods of Southwest Massachusetts in a tree stand. The January day was a relatively dismal day. It was chilly and wet, writing out a recipe for either success or disappointment. In this case, it spells out disaster.

Unfortunately, the 68-year-old man, who was hunting from a tree stand. After an unsuccessful day, he was trying to get his treestand out of the tree. But, the hunter was unable to keep himself from slipping off and fell to the ground.

Massachusetts Hunter Seriously Injured From Treestand Fall

Although it is not known how the man fell from the treestand, the Massachusetts hunter was hurt badly. After medics from all over the bottom corner of Massachusetts came to his aid, it was quickly determined that the hunter was paralyzed.

EMTs hiked two miles up a mountainside to rescue the Massachusetts hunter. Once the medics got to the scene, they quickly realized that it was incredibly serious. They decided that the man needed to be airlifted to a hospital.

The Massachusetts hunter’s name has not been released, but he is currently in the Baystate Medical Center. The Stockbridge Fire Chief, Steven Traver, says that the situation was a tough one to arrive at.

Travers says that the Massachusetts hunter had to be hauled down off the mountain to be rescued.

“He had fallen around 15 feet from the tree stand and couldn’t feel his extremities. Luckily he had somebody with him.”

He says that the medics, with the hunter on a backboard, were transporting him two miles out as fast as they could. However, he adds that the last quarter mile of the trek was too steep, and they had to carry him by hand in order to get to the helicopter.

Thankfully, he says that the helicopter was able to land in a large, empty cornfield not too far away from the incident.

Travers says that the teams responding to the Massachusetts hunter accident “worked their tails off.”

Additionally, most of the rescue was done in the waning light of the day. This was because the call came in just before 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Consequently, the rescuers’ work was finally over just before 7 p.m. that day.

[H/T Berkshire Eagle]