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Iowa hunter injured after falling 30 feet from tree stand


This news story was published on January 11, 2019.
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Information from Iowa DNR

MILO, IOWA – DNR conservation officers responded to a tree stand fall in rural Warren County on Saturday, January 5 around 9:30 a.m.

Clifford Brant was transported by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines after falling approximately 30 feet while trying to take down his tree stand. Brant was finished hunting and had climbed down from the stand to drop off his hunting equipment and then returned to the stand and removed the top strap when he began to fall. He was unable to grab onto a nearby tree branch and fell, losing consciousness for some time.

Brant had several broken ribs and a punctured lung but is expected to make a full recovery.

The DNR reminds hunters to practice the ABCs of tree stand safety:

Always remove and inspect your equipment
Buckle on your full-body harness
Connect to the tree before your feet leave the ground

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7 Responses to Iowa hunter injured after falling 30 feet from tree stand

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Well not EVERYBODY THINKS IT COOL TO KILL WILDLIFE. Lot’s of 30 point buckers at the local pubs.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Must not have been on drugs like the hardy boy was when he fell 40 foot out of a tree, probably hadn’t slept in days.

  3. Shed Hunter Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Hmmm, I never read anything about a forest, beer cans or even a deer. Odd, how 3 comments mention nothing that was written in this story.

    Clifford Brant is lucky to be alive after a fall such as his.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 12, 2019 at 8:57 am

    DA 30 point buck wins again – want sympathy talk to bambi !

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 13, 2019 at 5:59 am

      Sympathy? Bambi? Are you ever going to grow up?

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Full recovery after a 30 foot fall, all by himself out in the forest in the middle of winter. Definitely the inverted Darwin award of the year

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 11, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    The pile of empty beer cans he landed on probably softened the blow.