What’s Killing U.S. Deer Hunters?

Deadly game lands threat claims 3 times more hunters than firearms accidents 

| Alex Fischer – Sparta, Wis. (WKBT) – Hunting is a sport and hunters should train and exercise before they go out, but that often times doesn’t happen, said Tracy A. Warsing, M.D., a family medicine doctor with Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta.

The strenuous activity involved in things like climbing hills, walking through brush and dragging deer can increase the risk of heart attack according to Warsing.

Warsing said that risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

“If they have any sort of chest pain, especially if it’s lasting more than two minutes, they should seek emergency medical attention immediately.

“And that’s the other thing, when they’re out in the woods they need to think about how they’re going to get to that medical care if they have those symptoms,” said Warsing.

Warsing said hunters should make sure they can communicate with members of their hunting party about problems they may be having and be aware of where the nearest hospital is.

Republished with permission of WKBT

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While they’re focused on spotting antlers, they need to be focused even more on their heart health.

Studies show that hunters are three times more likely to die of a heart attack than of a stray shot.

“I had real bad (chest pain). It was very difficult to breathe,” said lifelong hunter Bill Barlow.

What Bill experienced six years ago while hunting was a serious event that landed him in the hospital.

“They operated on me like two days later. Open heart.”

This one-time avid hunter needed a quintuple bypass after doctors discovered five artery blockages which the strain of hunting exposed.

Sudden burst of activity can put a hunter’s life in peril
Bill is actually one of the lucky ones. Studies show that hunters are three times more likely to die of a heart attack than a stray shot.

The sudden burst of activity, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle, can put a hunter’s life in peril.

Bill’s doctor, cardiologist Bryan Martin, MD said, “They’re doing it with a rapid rise in the heart rate, rapid rise in the blood pressure and that puts a demand on the heart.”

Something Bill does regularly now is what Dr. Martin recommends — exercise to help you build up to handle that hunting workout.

But before heading into the woods, the physician says get a physical and work on reducing your risk factors.

“Things to think about as risk factors smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history,” said Dr. Martin.

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