Man injured while chopping wood, preparing for hunting season

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DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- It is a night of preparing for the hunting season gone wrong. On Thursday night, 62-year-old Earl Reiter was cutting wood with a chainsaw and was badly injured.

When his brother found him, his eyes were swollen shut and he had bruises.

"He was kind of leaning up to a tree and holding on, he maybe knew that help was on the way and was waiting there," said Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith.

Earl's brother noticed he was missing along with a UTV and chainsaw.

His wife told WEAU by phone that no one was with Earl at the time but the family believes he was hit hard by a tree limb when it snapped back. She says he was taken to Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

"When we walked in tonight (Friday) he seemed to be responding to us, you know you tell him to move something and he would try to do it," said Kathy Reiter, Earl's wife.

She says he had surgery and even though he is responding, the extent of his injuries is not yet known.

Sheriff Smith says with hunting season around the corner it is typical for accidents to happen.

"This time of year we get a lot of people that trip and fall in the woods, heart attacks, or even gets shot during hunting season, but we have very happily few of those injuries," Sheriff Smith said.

And with the big hunts starting soon, he is reminding everyone to make sure you keep an eye on those around you.

"I would just ask people to be careful and just know where other family members are so if they don't come out of the woods you can get help on the way as soon as possible," he added.

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