2009-12-24 / News

Hunters use cell phones to summon assistance

A Houghton Lake man shot himself in the foot while hunting in Clare County Dec. 19.

According to a press release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Reed, 62, was hunting from a tree stand in Redding Township, near the intersection of Cook Avenue and Mosteteler Road, when he used a line attached to the trigger guard of his firearm to pull it up. The loaded firearm discharged as it was being hoisted, striking Reed in the ankle.

Reed was able to call for assistance on a cell phone from his location. The incident remains under investigation by the Clare County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources.

Two days earlier, State Police handled the case of a hunter who fell from his tree stand near 3404 Long Point Dr. at Houghton Lake. Roscommon County Central Dispatch took a call from the hunter, who said he had fallen from his tree stand at around 6:20 p.m. Tpr. Kevin Flick and Sgt, Kraig Britvec arrived at the scene and tracked the hunter, a 63-year-old Flint man, back to a tree stand about 300 yards from the address and found him leaning against a tree about 10 yards away.

They reported the tree stand was approximately 20 feet off the ground, and they could see an impression in the snow where he had hit the ground. He told police he was not wearing a safety strap when the accident occurred. They also found his muzzleloading rifle and a 750 ml bottle of Peppermint Schnapps, which was about one-quarter full, near the base of the tree.

Flick asked the hunter whether he had consumed any intoxicants while in his tree stand, and the man admitted to drinking “about a pint.” He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Grayling by Houghton Lake Ambulance. The Lake Township Fire Department also responded to the call.

A request for a warrant for the man’s arrest on a charge of hunting while intoxicated is being reviewed by the Roscommon County Prosecutor.

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