Rapides Parish man injured in hunting accident

(Derry)-A 67-year-old Rapides Parish man was airlifted to a Shreveport hospital after he was injured in a hunting accident in Natchitoches Parish on Saturday afternoon according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #1 First Responders responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a hunter being injured after falling from a tree stand on Jan. 14 around 3:25 pm in some woods several hundred yards off the Bayou Derbonne Road near Derry.
Air-EVAV helicopter, a Natchitoches City Fire Department UTV Ambulance and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents also responded to the scene.
A group of hunters went to a residence in the 800 block of Bayou Derbonne Road to call for assistance then returned to woods to aid the injured hunter.
The hunter was extracted from the woods and transported by UTV to a Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Trauma Unit then transported to a landing zone on La. Hwy 119 at Derry and airlifted to a Shreveport hospital with moderate injuries.
Deputies say it took over 2 hours to safely extract the hunter from the woods, be assessed by paramedics, and then be transported by ground ambulance to the landing zone for air transport.
La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agents are investigating the accident. Any further information will be released by LDWF.
Each year, hunters are injured when they fall from their stands or their stands fail.
Here are some safety tips from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:
• Thoroughly check and inspect the stand and all safety equipment before use.
• Only use tree stands and safety equipment that meet or exceed industry standards recognized by the Treestand Manufacture’s Association (TMA).
• Properly attach a Full Body Fall Arrest Harness System (FBFAHS) anytime you leave the ground, including while ascending and descending.
• Use your safety equipment properly and practice before you go hunting. Read, understand, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
• After you are in your stand and have properly attached your FBFAHS, use a haul line to lift your equipment, including your unloaded firearm or bow into your stand. Never climb with a firearm or bow attached to your body.
• Always let a responsible person know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return. Provide them with emergency contact information in the event you do not return when expected.
For more information, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov