Deer hunter dies in 18-foot fall from tree stand

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 48-year-old deer hunter has died after falling from a tree stand in Abbeville County.

Investigators said Mike McKinsey had lowered his bow and was climbing out of the stand in the northeast part of Abbeville County on Friday when he appears to have lost his footing and fell about 18 feet.

Authorities say McKinsey was supposed to meet his hunting buddies later at their vehicles, but when he didn't show up, the men went back in the woods and found him.

Investigators say an autopsy determined McKinsey died from injuries suffered from the fall and his death has been ruled accidental.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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