A Milwaukee man died while hunting in Sauk County over the weekend after he fell from a tree stand.
A news release from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department says the incident was reported at about 10:35 a.m. Sunday after a hunting companion found the man, 50-year-old Jacob Herr, dead near the base of a tree.
Herr was hunting on public land with a family member along Tower Road in the town of Greenfield, according to the release.
Investigators say it appeared Herr was using a self-climbing stand to scale a tree, and the stand was located 15 feet above the ground.
Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said in the release that “Herr was wearing a safety harness, but it had not been attached to the tree.”
Investigators believe the incident occurred when Herr first climbed the tree Sunday morning, between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Meister said no foul play is suspected.
Tree stand falls are the biggest risk that deer hunters face, according to a 2015 study by Marshfield Clinic, the National Farm Medicine Center and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The study determined that about five in every 10,000 Wisconsin hunters seek medical treatment for a tree stand fall each year, and that most falls occur during archery season.
Wisconsin’s archery and crossbow deer season began Sept. 16 and continues through Sunday.