This Happened to Me: Timber Tumble

The THTM adventure comic from our November 2017 issue

Send your own story of a close call while hunting or fishing to THTM@OutdoorLife.com, and you could receive a free copy of our "This Happened to Me" book. THTM has been a fixture of Outdoor Life since it first appeared in 1940, and we've since compiled some of the most harrowing, hair-raising misadventures readers have ever experienced in a single volume. If we run your story, we'll send you a copy. You can pore over the 183 pages of this action-packed book knowing you're in good company.

Timber Tumble: Tim Swart, Oostburg, WI

This Happened to Me: Timber Tumble
The opening day of deer season was very windy. I hiked a mile into the woods and climbed 40 feet into a huge spruce.Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Timber Tumble
But 30 to 40 mph gusts shook the spruce, and after three hours I decided to climb down.Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Timber Tumble
I'd just begun my descent when a blast of wind hit the tree. A second gust struck, and the tree began to fall while I was still 40 feet up. I hung on for dear life, but halfway down, the old spruce hit another tree and jolted me off!Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Timber Tumble
I fell to the ground, landing with a painful thud. I looked up to see the tree toppling right toward me!Tony Shasteen
This Happened to Me: Timber Tumble
I rolled sideways and felt the earth shake as the tree landed. I’m still amazed I walked away.Tony Shasteen

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