Scottsburg man dies in tree stand accident (Scott County)

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  • Willie

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    Scottsburg man dies in tree stand accident (Scott County)

    Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal tree stand fall that occurred Tuesday in Scott County.

    Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Taylor Road outside of Scottsburg after an individual who had fallen from a tree stand was discovered by a fellow hunter.

    Donald Cass, 94, of Scottsburg, was deer hunting from a homemade elevated stand when it collapsed for an unknown reason. Cass was not wearing a full body safety harness.

    Cass was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Conservation Officers remind hunters using elevated platforms to always wear a full body harness, use a tree stand’s safety rope, never try to put up or remove a tree stand by themself, and to always inspect their tree stand before climbing up into it.

    Assisting agencies at the scene included Scott County EMS and the Vienna and Finley Township fire departments.
     

    BigRed

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    Well, just found out my parents are friends with this guy's sister.

    Mom confirmed he was a life long hunter. He rarely, if ever, bought meat at a store. He hunted enough to support him and his wife along with home grown crops....had done so for decades. Sounds like the rare breed these days. I know his siblings are HUGE home gardners.

    Sounds like it was a home built stand (he never bought anything he could make). Something to do with a bolt giving way.

    There are worse endings than this.
     

    BigRed

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    Man, at that age to die hunting instead of in a nursing home is a win. I feel bad for his family, but hope to go the same way at the same age.


    Yep.

    My Mom asked if I would still be climbing into tree stands at 94.

    Told her I doubt I make it that long....but I hope I am given as much grace regardless of the time.
     
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