An 18-year-old Jasonville hunter was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Sunday evening after an apparent fall from an elevated deer stand in Sullivan County.
Donald G. Pierce was injured in a 20-foot fall from a deer stand near Shelburn.
Pierce told Indiana Conservation officers he was climbing a tree when a branch he was standing on broke. Pierce suffered injuries to his back and lower extremities.
He was flown by Lifeline helicopter for treatment at the Indianapolis hospital. However, he was discharged later in the evening, according to IU Health Public Relations Coordinator Kris Karol.
Indiana Conservation officers were contacted at 5:50 p.m. and are investigating the incident.
"Pierce managed to make a cell phone call to his mother. She contacted a friend of Pierce's who knew his hunting location," according to Max Winchell, DNR Law Enforcement public information officer.
The injured hunter was located approximately four miles east of Shelburn, about 1/4 mile from the county road in a wooded area, near County Road 325 East and County Road 600 North.
"Pierce was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the fall. Indiana Conservation officers recommend hunters always wear a full body safety harness when climbing a tree or hunting from an elevated stand. Falls from elevated hunting stands are the most frequent cause of hunting-related injuries," Winchell wrote in a prepared news release.
Sullivan City Fire Department, Sullivan County Ambulance Team, and Sullivan County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene.