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Hunter Endures Six-hour Journey to Help after Fall from Tree Stand

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Hunter Endures Six-hour Journey to Help after Fall from Tree Stand

An extremely sore hunter from Tennessee is recovering after a dangerous fall that shattered his leg. Bob Thurman, 47, from Memphis, fell out of a tree and broke his femur in three places when he was mounting his tree stand. He had left his cell phone in his car before hopping on an ATV to head to his tree-of-choice, leaving him unable to immediately call for help.

“I was out there trying to attach a 14-foot ladder stand to a tree by myself, and I knew better than that,” Thurman told Commercial Appeal. “When you’re hanging a ladder stand, you always need two people–one up in the stand and one on the ground making sure it doesn’t fall. I didn’t follow that rule, and it almost killed me.”

Down on the ground that Saturday, November 10, Thurman lay in excruciating pain and chose the only option available to him if he wanted to get out of his predicament alive. He crawled for four hours back to his ATV. Then, it took another two hours for him to climb onto his ATV and drive back to his truck where his cell phone was.

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