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A Centerville man was injured today after falling from a tree stand while hunting deer in Appanoose County, according to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources press release.
Blake A. Havard was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was treated for bruises after he fell about 17 feet from his tree stand on a private property east of Centerville this morning, according to the press release.
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 safety harness at the time he fell, the press release said.
“He was very lucky. He landed on his backpack and could have been impaled by the antlers,” said Megan Wisecup, supervisor of recreational safety for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
There have been three reported personal injury falls from tree stands so far this year, the press release said.