What’s Killing U.S. Deer Hunters? | UPDATED: Popular Sheriff Succumbs

Deadly gamelands threat claims 3 times more hunters than firearms accidents …

(Mark Hiller, PaHomePage) It’s the week orange clad deer hunters have been waiting for.

Hunters need to learn more about how to stay safe in the woods, medical experts are saying. Images: Melissa Bachman, CC

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

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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.”

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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.

Health officials are taking aim at a risk three times more deadly than firearms accidents: hunting-related heart attacks.

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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Former County Sheriff dies while deer hunting

Former Marshall County, Illinois Sheriff Chip Webster died at 66 of an apparent heart attack after a day of deer hunting. 

Former Marshall Co., Illinois Sheriff Sherl “Chip” Webster died doing something he loved.

Known as a lawman who “always had integrity,” Webster died at 66 Monday evening of an apparent heart attack after a day of deer hunting on family property outside Lacon. It was a passion he pursued throughout his life.

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“We’d done it ever since we were little kids,” younger brother and frequent hunting partner Ralph Webster recalled Tuesday.

A visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. A later scattering of ashes will be private.

After the brothers had spent much of the day hunting in separate areas, Chip Webster called to say he believed his crossbow arrow had hit a deer and was going to “watch for it,” his brother said.

Because of knee and back problems, he always needed help getting a deer out.

“We talked for 59 seconds,” Ralph Webster said. “I guess I was the last one to talk to him.”

When the former sheriff failed to call back or answer calls, his brother went looking for him.

He found him where he had fallen on the way back to his vehicle, and he was later pronounced dead there by the county coroner.

“He had walked within about 30 feet of his truck,” Ralph Webster noted, adding that a search for a downed or injured deer found none Tuesday but will resume later.

Webster’s sudden death was a blow to the department that he had served for a total of 30 years, said Sheriff Rob Russell, who succeeded Webster in 2006 after serving 12 years as his chief deputy. See the full story at pjstar.com.

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