OKLAHOMA COUNTY - Joel Bomgren, 49, was in surgery Monday afternoon after falling 25-30 feet out of a tree Sunday afternoon.
The call came in from near Triple X and Britton Road, and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department and Jones Fire Department both responded.
Bomgren had fallen in a heavily wooded area, and an ambulance was not able to get to him.
So, the sheriff’s department brought in a 4 x 4 to get him safely to the ambulance.
Bomgren’s girlfriend tells us he owns a harness but was not wearing it Sunday afternoon because he was just going to do something quick.
She said his advice to others now would be to wear that harness at all times.
Sheriff’s department officials said he was clearing branches from his tree stand in anticipation of hunting archery season opening October 1.
State Wildlife Department officials said wearing a harness is also their number one safety tip.
“It’s our number one most fatal deal that hunters are dealing with right now is falling out of tree stands,” said Cleveland County game warden Chad Strang. “Nationwide, 84 percent of the tree stand falls last year, they didn’t have a harness on.”
“If you do fall, where is your phone? Let’s say it’s in your pocket. But, if you’re hanging there, maybe that’s not a great place for it,” said Lance Meek with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservancy. “Also, have a plan. Tell your friend 'Hey, I’m coming out to the stand at 7.'”
Wildlife Department officials also recommend even seasoned hunters take their online education course before the start of every season.
Bomgren’s girlfriend tells us he is expected to make a full recovery.