Quick thinking and emergency training save Fond du Lac Co. hunter

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(WKOW) — A 39-year-old bow hunter tripped and fell onto an arrow while out in the woods in Fond du Lac County Thursday.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff told our affiliate WBAY-TV, Jonathan Henninger started to lose blood quickly after the arrow cut his arm while he was hunting on DNR-owned public hunting land, south of the Village of Oakfield..

Despite that, Henninger was able to call 911 and create his own tourniquet, and dispatchers tracked his GPS coordinates.

The sheriff and DNR warden who responded said without Henninger’s initial steps, the rescue might not have been as successful.

“The mistake everybody makes is panicking, he had the wherewithal to get his cellphone out, call for help, apply the tourniquet. Had he not done that, it may have been a completely different situation,” said DNR Warden Bill Hankee.

“It certainly helped and I’m confident had he not done that he would’ve died just based on the amount of blood loss and the blood on the scene when we got there,” said Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt.

Henninger was taken to a hospital but is expected to be okay.

The DNR advised hunters should not walk with an arrow notched in their bow to avoid accidents like this.

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