Three Iowa bow-hunters injured in tree stand falls

Three Iowa hunters are recovering after falling 20-feet from their tree stands, in three separate accidents. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 51-year old Jeff Pavek of Palo, Iowa fell October 29th, while bow hunting in Linn County.  A friend found him face down on the ground two hours later, with serious neck and back injuries. He was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals.  Pavek says a fastener came undone, causing the fall.

The DNR says last Saturday,  November 4th, 45-year-old Philip Rolfe of Dubuque fell from a tree stand near Garber, in Clayton County.   He received injuries to his jaw and lower body.   He says an anchor strap failed, causing him to fall.  He was not wearing a safety strap.

Sunday, November 5th, 58-year-old Jeffrey Newman of Winterset  was found lying at the base of his tree stand in Adair County, near the Middle River.   He was taken to a local hospital, then flown to a Des Moines hospital, with unknown injuries.  The DNR says Newman's stand was loosely hanging by a bottom strap.

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