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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181eafe05
Case Reports

Deer Stand Fatalities in Kentucky: Two Cases of Reverse Suspension and Blunt Force Trauma

Shields, Lisa B. E. MD; Stewart, Donna MD

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Abstract

Hunting many types of wild game is an avidly pursued outdoor activity that attracts all ages and both genders at various times of the year. Deer hunting is a popular sport in many regions of North America. A variety of weapons are used in the hunting, trapping, and killing of game. As a variety of different modalities are used, myriad types of injuries unique to the type of hunting can occur. Most deer hunting-related fatalities identified at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Kentucky are accidental firearm injuries. Less commonly encountered are fatalities resulting from elevation of the hunter in a tree stand, often associated with poor design or construction of the perch. We present 2 tree stand-related deaths. One victim died of positional asphyxia due to reverse suspension from a hunting tree stand. The second victim died of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in a 20-foot fall from a tree stand. We summarize the features of morbidity and mortality related to deer hunting based on investigations by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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