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#5437713 - 11/22/14 07:33 PM Crack a window in your stand!!!
mreed Online   content

Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 672
Loc: wise county
I don't know if this has already been posted or not but if you're using a propane heater in your stand remember to crack a window, and make sure it can't tip over.

"In an unusual, yet tragic coincidence, two hunters, one in Michigan and one in Wisconsin, were found dead in their burned-out box blinds on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Foul play is not suspected in either case.

According to, Neil Pingel, 85, of Grand Ledge, Mich., was pronounced dead at the scene when the sheriff’s office was called to investigate a deer blind on fire in a field in Elba Township, Mich.

Pingel had been hunting with his son, who had phone contact with Pingel 10 to 15 minutes prior to him noticing the blind on fire.

An autopsy was performed on Pingel, which showed that he likely had a stroke in the blind. In a written statement, Gratiot County Sheriff Doug Wright said Pingel most likely fell to the floor and knocked over a propane heater, which caused the fire.

Also on Saturday, the body of 52-year-old Todd Sikora of Medford, Wis., was located in a burned-out elevated wooden box stand on his property.

According to, a friend of Sikora’s filed a missing person report with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department when Sikora did not show up at the location they’d agreed to meet. The Medford Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Department initiated a search, which led them to the hunting stand on Sikora’s property. The box stand showed clear signs of having been on fire and contained what is believed to be Sikora’s remains in the rubble. His ATV was located underneath the stand.

The investigation revealed that Sikora often used a “sunflower” type LP heater to warm his stand, where he often napped. Forensic analysis will be conducted to verify the identity of the individual located at the site of the burned tree stand. All indications are that the remains are those of Sikora. No foul play is suspected in this case either.

Both are sad and tragic incidents. While Pingel may have already been dead by the time his blind caught on fire, we won’t know what happened to Sikora until the investigation is complete. Perhaps he too suffered some type of health problem, which caused him to knock over his heater."

"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid."

#5437726 - 11/22/14 07:39 PM Re: Crack a window in your stand!!! [Re: mreed]
fredeboy Offline

Registered: 12/03/11
Posts: 230
Loc: Burleson TX
Tough way to go

#5439583 - 11/23/14 09:18 PM Re: Crack a window in your stand!!! [Re: mreed]
Bar M Ranch Offline
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Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 44
Yes, Crack a window. Carbon Monixide will do you in!!!

#5439605 - 11/23/14 09:25 PM Re: Crack a window in your stand!!! [Re: mreed]
offinthewoods Offline

Registered: 09/03/13
Posts: 199
Read this story from REALTREE crazy habits for years and it can go wrong ones day like these 2 hunters had happen to, all they where doing was getn food on the table.

#5439914 - 11/24/14 12:12 AM Re: Crack a window in your stand!!! [Re: mreed]
krazy kris Offline

Registered: 11/25/11
Posts: 196
Loc: Azle, TX
I picked up a mr buddy heater that is supposed to stop if it gets tipped and has a low oxygen sensor. It gets very toasty in a 4x6 box blind on low even with the windows open.

#5439936 - 11/24/14 12:55 AM Re: Crack a window in your stand!!! [Re: mreed]
dogcatcher Offline
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Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 87034
Loc: Abilene or on the road...
It happens a lot every year, even with all of the warnings, people still don't think it will happen to them.
Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________

#5439985 - 11/24/14 05:50 AM Re: Crack a window in your stand!!! [Re: dogcatcher]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 25948
Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
It happens a lot every year, even with all of the warnings, people still don't think it will happen to them.

And not just in deer blinds. Tents, campers, trailer, really roll
n the dice if in a small confined area and not careful.
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”

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#5440165 - 11/24/14 08:25 AM Re: Crack a window in your stand!!! [Re: mreed]
Old Rabbit Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 3356
Loc: Lansing, TX
Sad to lose our fellow hunters that way. To be on the safe side purchase a carbon monoxide detector and place in the stand. I would rather miss out on a shot than end up dead.


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