Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

November 7, 2012

Fall from stand injures hunter


Ottumwa Courier

CENTERVILLE — A Centerville man was injured Tuesday after falling from a tree stand while hunting deer in Appanoose County.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Blake A. Havard, 25, was hunting deer on private property east of Centerville when he fell approximately 17 feet from his tree stand Tuesday morning. Havard had a crossbow in his hand and then began to descend when he slipped on the first step of his ladder stand and fell to the ground where he landed on his backpack containing antlers and calls. He was not wearing a harness a safety harness at the time he fell.

Havard was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was being treated for bruises as of late Tuesday.