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ALSACE TWP., Pa. - For the second time this week, a man has died while hunting deer in Berks County.

The latest incident happened around noon Wednesday on the victim's property off Antietam Road in Alsace Township.

James Jacobs was driving deer toward his son in a tree stand when Jacobs lost his footing and fell, discharging his cross bow into his left side, according to state police.

Jacobs, 75, died of injuries to his abdomen and one of his lungs, police said Thursday.

On Tuesday, Thomas Kane, 69, died when he fell 30 feet from a tree stand while hunting deer in District Township.

"It's not common to have two deaths related to tree stand falls," said Dustin Stoner with the PA Game Commission.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission says hunters who use tree stands need to be cautious.

"Whenever a hunter is leaving the ground, we recommend they wear a fall restraint device, a full body harness that's firmly attached to the tree," Stoner said.

"Have a plan in the event that you would come out of your tree stand," said Stoner. "Have some kind of signaling device a whistle or a cell phone and you have good service in that area so you can contact somebody in case you need assistance."

Rifle deer season continues through December 14.

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