Three Georgia Hunters Hospitalized From Incidents In The Deer Woods

Posted: 11/04/2012 in Gable Sporting Goods, Georgia DNR, Hunting, News, Safety
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Another reminder to wear those safety harnesses every time you climb.

By Daryl Gay
Posted Wednesday October 31 2012, 3:23 PM

Three Georgia deer hunters suffered severe injuries within a two-week span during primitive-weapons and rifle-season weekends. Two fell from tree stands—one climber and one ladder—and a third plunged 40 feet through the darkness down an unmarked well.

Before daylight on Oct. 13, Donny Moore, 50, of Atlanta, was walking to a stand in Meriwether County when the ground beneath him suddenly disappeared, according to his friend Aaron Metcalf.

“He was walking in with his wife and another hunter, and they split up to go to their stands. Donny was lucky they were close enough to hear him yell as he was falling.”

The abandoned well was covered with a piece of plywood, but the dirt sides had begun to cave in around it.

“It just worked like a trap door when Donny stepped on it,” Aaron said.

Donny was retrieved fairly quickly, but the rescue required paramedics and other Meriwether volunteers, a winch, a tractor with a bucket on the front to hold the cable over the well opening and a Hunter Safety System harness to attach to Donny as he was winched up from 40 feet down.

As GON went to press, Donny was in Grady Memorial Hospital with both sides of his jaw broken and wired together, two broken vertebrae in his neck, two more broken vertebrae in his back and a crushed left ankle. It is expected that Donny is going to require at least three surgeries.

“Several members of the club Donny is in knew about the well, but he didn’t,” Aaron said. “I understand now that the landowner is going to fill the well in.”

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(As a side note – I usually wear my safety harness in ladder and climbing stands, there are VERY few ladder stands in which I don’t, mainly because if my huge carcass hits the ground from 18′ up, it’ll register with the U.S. Geological Service.  – Niko)

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