Paraplegic hunter dies after falling from tree

Associated PressÂÂ*Published Dec. 2, 2002 HUNT03

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. -- A paraplegic hunter has died after falling from a tree in Otter Tail County, authorities said Monday.

The body of 41-year-old Timothy John Beiningen, of Pelican Rapids, was found about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Otter Tail County Chief Deputy Mark Morris said he was a paraplegic who was known as an avid hunter. Beiningen had gone deer hunting during the muzzleloader season last weekend.

``It was incredible,'' Morris said. ``He had apparently crawled up into his tree stand and the individual, in that effort, either crawling up or crawling down got entangled in a piece of his equipment and fell to the ground.''

Beiningen's gun did not discharge and his death is considered an accident, Morris said.

Authorities began a search for Beiningen Saturday night after family members said he failed to return home.