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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 1:38pm

Rattlesnake Kills Hunter

Updated: 5 years ago.
A Timber rattlesnake like this one bit a hunter in the leg, killing him. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A Winder man is dead after a rattlesnake bit him during a hunting trip with his family in Oglethorpe County.

Oglethorpe County Coroner James Mathews says 68-year-old Dick Rupert was bit in the calf by the snake as he climbed down from a tree stand in the woods early Saturday morning.

He died about an hour later at Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington.

Rupert's 12-year-old grandson performed CPR on the elderly man, but the man was full cardiac arrest when emergency workers arrived.

Rupert is the second person in Georgia to die of a rattlesnake bite this year. A 65-year-old Dothan man died in September after a rattlesnake bit him in the neck.

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