If you have plans to hunt or fish this weekend, take heed: two Valley men proved both hobbies could be quite painful.
On Friday, Oct. 15, a 50-year-old hunter from Mesa fell from a tree while trying to spot wildlife.
While trying to lower himself, the man dropped roughly eight to 10 feet out of a tree, landing on the left side of his body. The man scuffed up his face and complained of several broken ribs.
Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy Rodney Cronk said he hiked roughly 1.5 miles to get to the man, who was immobilized in the Pyeatt Draw area, near Bonita Creek.
After helping the man hobble some 400 yards to a Jeep trail, volunteers with Tonto Rim Search and Rescue (TRSAR) arrived and drove the man to an awaiting ambulance.
The man was then driven to an area where a helicopter airlifted him to a Scottsdale hospital.
Cronk climbed the tree to retrieve the man’s rifle.
On Horton Creek, a 43-year-old Scottsdale man was fly-fishing with his family when he dislocated his knee.
The man was roughly two miles up from the trailhead when he fell and his knee reportedly bent backwards.
TRSAR volunteers arrived and hauled the man out to the trailhead on a wheeled litter.
The man’s sister told Cronk her brother was into extreme sports.
“I told her he may want to give up extreme fly-fishing,” Cronk joked after this.
At the trailhead, the man refused medical treatment, instead asking his wife to drive him to the Valley for