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Officials: Hunter falls to death trying to climb tree in Sauk County

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SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Authorities say a Milwaukee hunter has died after he fell out of a tree stand on Sunday morning.

According to the Sauk County Sheriff's Office, Jacob Herr was hunting with a family member on public land along Tower Road in the town of Greenfield. Around 10:30 a.m., the family member found the 50-year-old man on the ground under the tree. His self-climbing tree stand was still in the air.

Herr was wearing a safety harness but it wasn't attached to the tree, according to officials.

Authorities say they believe Herr accidentally fell as he was initially climbing up the tree around 4:30 or 5 a.m. on New Year's Eve. 

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