Upstate deer hunter falls to his death

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An Upstate, S.C. hunter fell to his death Monday evening in Spartanburg County.

Hunter died from head injuries sustained in the fall

Tree stand safety is a topic that comes up every deer season, usually for all the wrong reasons. Such was the case earlier this week in South Carolina’s upstate, where 66-year-old Douglas Parton fell to his death from a 32-foot tall tree stand.

Parton was hunting near Cowpens Clifton Road and Shady Acres Road in Spartanburg County Monday afternoon when he fell, said Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger.

Clevenger said head injuries consistent with the fall were the cause of Parton’s death.

Family members began looking for Parton after dark when he had not returned home or contacted anyone as to why he was late. They found his body around 10 p.m., already dead, said Clevenger.

Click here to read what steps you can take to keep you as safe as possible when hunting from a tree stand.

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