Manchester hunter falls from tree, taken to Concord Hospital
November 01. 2014 7:52PM
DUNBARTON - A 59-year-old Manchester man was hurt when he fell out of his tree stand while deer hunting near Gorham Pond on Saturday.
According to a news release from the Fish and Game Department, Russell Mosman was hunting for deer with a muzzleloader on the west side of the pond around noon. He was about 20 feet up in an oak tree when the top section of his climbing tree stand let loose, causing him to lose his balance.
Mosman managed to call a friend, who called 9-1-1. Emergency responders were able to reach Mosman on his cell phone and obtain his GPS coordinates.
First responders from Dunbarton, Bow and Hopkinton, along with Fish and Game conservation officers, responded, using a boat to cross the pond to reach Mosman's location.
Rescuers carried the injured man about four-tenths of a mile to the edge of the pond, and then transported him in the boat to a boat launch, where an ambulance was waiting. He was taken to Concord Hospital.
Fish and Game said Mosman failed to use a treestand safety harness, which would have prevented his fall. They said it's a timely reminder for hunters to use the safety equipment to prevent injuries.
For more information, including the "ten commandments of hunting safety," visit: www.wildnh.com/Hunting/hunting.htm.