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Tree-stand accident spurs Md. Natural Resources Police to offer hunting safety tips

October 25, 2011

Maryland Natural Resources Police are offering safety tips to hunters following a tree-stand accident last week east of Hancock that sent a man and woman to the hospital.

Robert D. Funk, 53, and Holly E. Funk, 22, both of Hancock, were taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown after the tree stand they were using became detached from a tree and fell about 13 feet, according to Natural Resources Police Sgt. Art Windemuth.

The injuries were not life-threatening, Windemuth said. He said he didn’t know if Robert and Holly Funk were related.

The accident, which occurred off Corner Road, was reported about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Windemuth said. The pair was in the tree stand for the muzzleloading, deer-hunting season, he said.

To help prevent such accidents, Windemuth offered a few safety precautions for hunters using tree stands, including:

  • Tree stands constructed with wood should be visually inspected regularly. Any old worn components that might give way while a hunter is on it should be replaced.

  • Hunters using tree stands are encouraged to wear a fall-restraint system. A harness in such a system keeps a hunter attached to a tree, preventing a fall to the ground.

  •  A full-body safety harness is demonstrated in a video on the Maryland Natural Resources Police’s website at www.dnr.state.md.us/nrp.
 

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