OH: Writer chronicles tree-stand catastrophe
Writer chronicles tree-stand catastrophe
Posted by degan
February 27, 2009 10:15AM
Outdoors Editor Mike Dreadin speaks of his recent experience with a
survivor's joy tempered by the stark realization of how close he was to
never talking again.
On Jan. 30, the Uriah native lived through a deer hunter's worst
nightmare: a tree-stand mishap that, within a split second, left him
dangling upside down by his feet more than 40 feet off the ground.
In Dreadin's case, the nightmare was made even more horrific, he said,
because one spot on the 1-inch-wide foot straps that kept him from falling
had been chewed by squirrels to a width of barely one-half inch.
"I had been hanging there for about five minutes when I was able to pull
myself back up and grab the bottom of the stand," he said. "When I saw how
the squirrels had chewed the straps, I eased back down because I didn't want
to put any more pressure on it. Through the whole thing, I just knew it was
going to break at any second." .
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