Police use GPS to find injured hunter

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Jim Suwal, 43, of Comstock Park is in serious condition after falling out of his tree stand while hunting Thursday in Ottawa County's Robinson Township.
1 - 16 of 16 Comments Last updated Aug 2, 2009

San Antonio, TX

#1 Nov 21, 2008
I sure hope he is ok and recovers completely, I am a firm believer that you should never go out hunting alone, just for various reasons.

Wayland, MI

#2 Nov 21, 2008
This is a very good reason to invest in a tree safty harness, and use it. They are not that expensive and also can help tremendously when dragging out a harvest. When you get to your desired height in the tree, fasten your harness to the tree before final adjusting of your stand. It should also be the last thing you do before lowering yourself back down from the tree.
loves to read

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Nov 21, 2008
wow thats good timing for the friend to be in that area when he came to. Hunting is fun but it can also be very scary no matter how long you have been doing it.

Edmore, MI

#4 Nov 21, 2008
this is why owners of phone should be able to trace them at any time without having to pay addtional for the service.

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#5 Nov 21, 2008
Hunting from a tree stand is stupid.
Matt N

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Nov 21, 2008
I am a coworker of Jim and am very saddened by this terrible event. I am praying for the family!

Allendale, MI

#8 Nov 22, 2008
mi hunter wrote:
he was probley on drugs or drinking...
Mi Hunter~~that was the dumbest comment ever!!
For this situation, anyways!!
Where does this even come into the picture??!!

Allendale, MI

#9 Nov 22, 2008
MI hunter~your PROBABLY drunk! Learn how to spell!
idiot light is on

Caledonia, MI

#10 Nov 22, 2008
Richard wrote:
Hunting from a tree stand is stupid.
So are people that are insensitive and make stupid comments.
Former Greenville Res 64

United States

#11 Nov 22, 2008
I always comment to my husband to wear a safety belt before he goes hunting in a tree stand. He always does because he knows of too many hunters falling out of their tree stands and are paralyzed now.

My prayers go out for a quick recovery.

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 Nov 22, 2008
He fell alsleep and fell off the stand... Please pray for him Thanks!

Saint Charles, IL

#13 Nov 23, 2008
Mi hunter-you are a douche bag!

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Nov 23, 2008
I as well am a co-worker of Jim, and a good friend, and I think that mi hunter is a dick. I think that you need to stop talking shit about someone you don't know. He is a great guy, and you shouldn't be judging people you know nothing about.

Kathmandu, Nepal

#17 Dec 4, 2008
Dear unkl i kno how hard situation u r facing rite now!!But u r really brave enough that U had came out of such a situation.
Recover soon.

Ionia, MI

#18 Dec 5, 2008
What ever happened to just hunting from a ground blind? When I was younger that's all we ever did (as tree stands weren't legal for firearms) and we never had a problem. Just ban elevated blinds and you will never again have to read a story about someone who fell out of a tree stand and was hurt or killed.

Jacksonville, FL

#19 Aug 2, 2009
I am trying to find some of my frinds have n't had contact for years. Here I am reading old news(recognised by his picture) about a friend had a terrible accident. I hope he's recovered by now. I would like to contact him if anybody read this late comment please forward my e-mail address SURESJAX@HOTMAIL.COM to Jim Suwal. Thank You.

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