Man Falls From Deer Stand, Breaks Back, Drives Home For Help

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Date: November 6th, 2017

Category: Nutty News

deerMINNEAPOLIS — On Saturday, thousands of Minnesota hunters will head out for the start of firearms deer season. They’re hoping to get a trophy buck, but a Cokato man is hoping they just make it back safely.

A week ago, Philip Martinson fell 14 feet out of his deer stand while getting ready for the opener. He broke his back and didn’t have a cellphone on him to call for help.

“I found a tree that would give me good sightlines on this little area of trees,” he said.

Martinson has been a hunter, and a good one, his entire life — but even good hunters can develop bad habits.

“Let’s just say I was stupid,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of tree stands like that and gotten by with it.”

Last Friday, Martinson finished putting up his hanging deer stand, but when he stepped back to look at his work, he noticed something wrong.

“There was a flip in the belt, and I was concerned that it would compromise the integrity, or the strength, of the belt,” he said.

So he climbed back up without putting on his safety harness. He fixed what needed to be fixed, and that’s when his world turned upside down.  More

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