UPDATE 10/22/12 @ 12 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Milton was killed in a hunting accident in Jackson County, W.Va.
The accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the woods near the Rock Castle area of the county.
Hoy Murphy with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources tells WSAZ.com Mark Alan Metz, 53, of Milton, was bow hunting when he stood up to leave and fell approximately 18 feet to the ground.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists Metz a forester with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Cross Lanes.
Metz was pronounced dead at the scene.
Murphy said fatal falls from tree stands outnumber accidental shooting deaths during the hunting seasons. The DNR recommends hunters wear a harness while in trees.
Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the man fell out of a tree stand in the Rock Castle area of Jackson County Saturday evening.
The man died from his injuries.
His name has not been released.
The Division of Natural Resources is investigating.
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