After two years, West Virginia hunter who fell makes successful return to tree stand

By JOHN McCOY

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTSON, W.Va. — Joel Miller finally could breathe a sigh of relief.

He found the body of the 9-point buck he’d shot with an arrow a short while before. More important, though, he left behind a fear that had nagged him for more than two years.

On Oct. 5, 2015, Miller slipped and fell out of a tree stand. The 17-foot drop snapped a piece off one of his vertebrae and put a gash behind his right knee that took 17 stitches to close. The injuries healed relatively quickly, but they left him unwilling to hunt out of a tree stand.