Falls from tree stand
Beer-drinking deer hunter falls from tree stand
By News Sentinel staff
Monday, December 21, 2009
DANDRIDGE - A hunter drinking beer fell from a tree stand in Jefferson County and is in the hospital with series internal injuries, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Billy Mitchum, 47, of Dandridge fell from the ladder stand about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
He was hunting on private land in the Harold Patterson Road area on the opening day of Tennessee's second segment of gun season for deer, the TWRA said in a press release today.
A landowner found Mitchum about 8 p.m. after he did not return from the hunt after dark. he was not wearing a fall restraint system, according to the TWRA.
Mitchum told officers he wasn't wearing the system because there was a safety bard around the stand.
He also told officers he had consumed about four beers.
Mitchum was flown by Lifestart helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
The TWRA is continuing to investigate the accident.
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