A 50-year-old hunter from Avilla remained hospitalized Monday after falling from an elevated tree stand early Sunday, according to a statement issued Monday by Indiana conservation officers.
It said Victor Hernandez was hunting deer in the 2800 block of DeKalb County Road 27 when he fell about 17 feet to the ground, sustaining a back injury and an internal injury.
He was transported privately to a hospital in the area and then by ambulance to Parkview Regional Medical Center, the statement said. He was listed in serious condition at Parkview on Monday afternoon.
Conservation officers in the statement urged hunters to always wear a properly fastened and secured safety harness when climbing into, hunting from and climbing down from an elevated tree stand, as well as using a haul rope or line to move equipment into and down from a tree stand.
The statement did not specifically say what caused Hernandez to fall.