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CORYDON, In. (WDRB)-- From before daylight till after dark, Mark Bye is out in Frank O'Bannon Woods State Park just about every chance he gets. There is nothing he loves more than the crunch of the leaves, finding a perfect tree, and setting up shop for a successful day.
"I like how you're matching wits with an animal that's in his element and you're out of yours," Bye said.
None of it will happen though if the proper precautions aren't taken.
"I don't think it would be a whole lot of fun if I had to be hauled out of here on a stretcher because I fell or because I've gotten cut, and I'm bleeding severely," he said.
It's never happened to Bye in his years of hunting, but others haven't been as lucky.
"It can lead to very serious if not fatal consequences," Indiana Conversation Officer, Jim Schreck said.
He adds people get hurt far too often while hunting. Some have been shot by crossbow arrows, others get lost, but the leading cause of injuries is when a hunter falls from their stand. 22 falls were reported in 2011, 28 in 2012, and 5 already this year. So, as you get ready to put your camo on and hunt this weekend, you need to get a check list ready.
On top of the list.,inspect your stand and the tree you plan to climb, wear your harness, and when you're going to take a shot be sure to take your time and know your target.
"That's what keeps me from getting hurt," Bye said.
The tips may sound basic, but every die-hard hunter knows sitting up in a tree, looking for that perfect buck is a lot better than sitting in a hospital recovering.