Hunter mistakenly shoots son in back of the head

Dad errantly shoots, kills son while hunting

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police say a father has accidentally shot and killed his adult son during a hunting trip in New Jersey.

WCAU-TV ( ) reports that the shooting happened Saturday afternoon in West Windsor.

Police say the older man mistakenly shot his 45-year-old son in the back of the head. The son later died from his injuries.

West Windsor police and the Mercer County prosecutor’s office are investigating.

Hunter Shoots Another Hunter Dragging Dead Deer

Man Thinks Dead Deer Is Alive, Shoots, Misses, Hits Another Hunter

New York state’s hunting season started off with a bang on Saturday, with its first comic shooting accident. A Duchess County man thought he had the perfect trophy in his crosshairs when he took his shot. However, there was a slight hitch: The deer was already dead, and another hunter was dragging it out of the woods. Making things even more spectacular, the shooter missed the deer altogether and instead hit the other man in the buttocks and hand.

The wounded hunter was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No word on who got to keep the highly sought after deer carcass.

Deer and bear hunting season runs until Sunday, Dec. 7. There were 19 accidents in New York state in 2013, including five hunter-on-hunter/bystander. If opening day is anything to go by, we should pull out the lawn chairs and put on some popcorn, because this year looks set to be a doozy.



The Most Common Hunting Accident

As one FB friend commented: Climbing a tall ladder to a tiny rickety platform while drunk is never going to end well…

Tree stand falls most-common hunting accident

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — At least eight Indiana hunters have fallenimagesQB1DEJIT from elevated stands since the archery deer hunting season opened Oct. 1, in what state wildlife officials say is typically the most common hunting accident.

One such accident happened Sunday in western Indiana’s Vigo County. Dave Archer, 60, of Rosedale fell about 20 feet from his hunting stand, state conservation Officer Max Winchell said. Archer was able to use a cellphone to call for help and was taken to an Indianapolis hospital in critical condition, the Tribune-Star reported.

Winchell said Archer fell asleep, leading to the fall.

“This is a common accident,” Winchell said. “Accidents involving tree stands are the No. 1 hunting accident.”

About 100 tree-stand falls have been reported to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources over the past five years, out of some 180 hunting accidents, agency spokesman Phil Bloom said.

Most of those who fell from tree stands were not wearing any form of fall prevention device, which could have prevented serious injury, Bloom said. The agency recommends hunters wear a full-body harness, which is attached to the tree as soon as they being to climb and prevents them from falling from a slip or after falling asleep.

Indiana’s firearm deer hunting season starts Friday and ends Nov. 30, while the archery season continues until Jan. 4. Muzzleloader season runs from Dec. 6 until Dec. 21.
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Wyoming hunter dies from accidental shooting

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CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A Cody man has died from an accidental gunshot wound to both legs.

Authorities say 39-year-old Bruce Ellyson was hunting with some friends east of the Clearwater Campground in the Shoshone National Forest on Sunday when the accident occurred.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office says Ellyson and his companions had just finished their hunt and were preparing to leave when a rifle leaning against a vehicle fell over and fired.

Ellyson was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Mont., where he died from his injuries.

Oregon Woman Killed by Her Father in Hunting Accident

Sheriff IDs woman killed in hunting accident

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. – A 20-year-old woman died when her father accidentally shot her while the two hunted near Clarks Branch Road Thursday, about 10 miles north of Myrtle Creek, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff identified the victim as 20-year-old Rachel Frerichs of Roseburg.
She was hunting with her father Don Frerichs, 49, when she suffered a gunshot wound just before 11 a.m. Thursday.
Lifesaving efforts by the father and first responders were not successful. pronounced dead at the scene.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing their investigation into the incident.

Unfortunately the Bear Hunter Got Away

Black Bear Mauls Hunter Who Shot It

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A Minnesota hunter was mauled by an enormous black bear on Saturday morning after shooting it with a bow and arrow.

The unnamed man was hunting in dense woodland near Duxbury on Friday night when he shot the 525-pound bear. Fearing the bear’s meat would spoil in the day-time heat, the hunter and his friends waited four hours before following the animal’s blood trail.

The group tracked the bear for several miles in the darkness until they found it lying on the ground early Saturday morning. Suddenly, it charged and attacked the man who had shot it, who screamed before stabbing the animal 20 times with a hunting knife.

“I heard him screaming – felt like 10 minutes, but was probably two minutes,” Craig Lindstrom, a fellow hunter, said. “He kept stabbing it and it was pounding on him, a quarter of a ton – a 525-pound bear pounding on him.”

Using first-aid skills he had learned as a Chicago City firefighter, Lindstrom led his friend half a mile out of the woods and called the Pine County Sheriff’s Office.

“I thought he was dead 10 to 15 times,” Lindstrom said. “He would fall down and he told us about telling his parents, his fiancée, his kids – tell them I love them.”

The hunter suffered two broken arms along with wounds to his face, jaw, stomach and legs. He is currently at the North Memorial Medical Center and in stable condition.

The bear eventually died around 50 yards from where it was stabbed, and was dragged out of the woods by the remaining hunters.

Despite the brutal attack, Lindstrom and his friends said they won’t hesitate to hunt again in the future. Lindstrom hoped that his friend would recover in time for deer hunting season.

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Hunting Accident Kills One


TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. — One man is dead after a hunting accident in Transylvania County on Thursday night.

Deputies say a friend of George Harley Case Jr., 58, reportedly mistook Case for a deer while the two were hunting together and shot and killed him with a crossbow.

It happened near Lyda Creek Road. When first responders arrived around 7:45, Case, of Pisgah Forest, was dead.

According to hunting regulations, hunters are not required to wear blaze orange during archery deer season. Deer hunting season for archers opened last Saturday. This is the first incident that’s been reported so far in the mountains.

“They weren’t doing anything wrong, they didn’t have orange on, but in North Carolina during bow season you don’t have to wear orange. That’s just during the gun and rifle season,” Capt. Kevin Creasman with Transylvania Co. Sheriff’s Dept. said.

The two men had been hunting for a couple of hours on private property about a mile into the woods when the incident happened.

Hunting officials say said both men were experienced hunters. The incident is under investigation, but right now no charges have been filed. According to deputies, the shooting was an accident.

The name of the man who shot the arrow has not been released. North Carolina Wildlife is also taking a look at this case, and could possibly bring charges against that hunter.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday in Winston-Salem.

Wisconsin boy shoots father while hunting illegally

By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 22, 2014

Marathon City — An 11-year-old boy hunting illegally mistook his father for a turkey and shot him on Sunday, authorities said.

The 42-year-old father was in stable condition after he was wounded in the upper chest with a .22-caliber rifle around 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Marathon.

That type of rifle is not authorized for hunting turkeys, and 11-year-olds are too young to hunt unless they’re monitored closely by an adult, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hunting safety administrator Jon King told Wausau television station WAOW-TV.

The boy’s mother was more than 50 feet away at the time and should have been “within arm’s reach,” helping the boy identify his target, for the child to be hunting legally, King said in a telephone interview from Madison.

“It is tough to call it a hunting accident,” King said. “Nobody had a hunting license. Nobody should have been out in the woods that day.”

The man was shot from about 100 yards away on private property. King told the Wausau television station that there’s a good chance citations will be issued.

“Ultimately, the adults in this case are responsible for this young man’s actions,” King said.

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the shooting as well as two other shootings over the weekend — in Waushara and Douglas counties involving a woodcock hunter and bowhunter.



It Looks Like Hunting Accident Season is Here Again

Hunting accident or crime?

Springfield News-Leader  - ‎2 hours ago‎
“This is based very closely to a real case where the wife’s boyfriend thought the best way to get rid of the husband was by shooting him and making it look like a hunting accident,” said Rod Slings, an Iowa-based instructor. He was part of last week’s

Woman shot, killed in hunting accident in Pickens County Saturday  - ‎Sep 15, 2014‎
ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in western Alabama say they’ve investigating the death of a woman who was shot during a hunting trip. Pickens County Sheriff David Abston tells the Tuscaloosa News 29-year-old Heather Garner was killed when …

Police: Man accidentally shoots, kills brother in hunting accident  - ‎Sep 15, 2014‎
RICH COUNTY, Utah – A 49-year-old man is dead after his brother shot him during a hunting accident Saturday afternoon in Rich County, according to the Rich County Sheriff’s Office.

Chiawana HS QB Seriously Injured in Hunting Accident

KVEW  - ‎Sep 16, 2014‎
Chiawana High School Quarterback Mac Graff suffers a serious back injury in a hunting accident over the weekend. According to the Chiawana Sports Facebook page, Graff fell and hurt his back.

Hunting accident kills one near Little Creek Reservoir  - ‎Sep 15, 2014‎
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR – A 49-year-old man was shot and killed in a hunting accident Saturday afternoon, police said. Police received a call around 6:30 p.m.
Deseret News

Man killed in apparent hunting accident

Deseret News  - ‎Sep 15, 2014‎
Limited information about the shooting was released Monday by the Rich County Sheriff’s Office pending an investigation.

Alabama Woman Killed in Hunting Accident

WTOK  - ‎Sep 16, 2014‎
Sheriff’s officials in Pickens County say they’re investigating the death of a woman who was shot during a hunting trip.

10-year-old Knoxville boy injured in hunting accident

WBIR-TV  - ‎Sep 2, 2014‎
A Knoxville boy was injured in a hunting accident Monday evening. According to TWRA, the 10-year-old was dove hunting at the Buffalo Springs Wildlife Management Area in Grainger County when he accidentally shot himself in the foot.

Boy shot in Dinwiddie hunting accident OK

Richmond Times-Dispatch  - ‎Sep 2, 2014‎
DINWIDDIE —A 10-year-old who was accidentally sprayed with shotgun pellets in Dinwiddie County during the first day of dove hunting season has been treated and released from a local hospital. The boy, who wasn’t identified, was struck two times in the …

Boy injured in Dinwiddie hunting accident

Progress Index  - ‎Sep 2, 2014‎
The boy, who is from Dinwiddie, was taken to Southside Regional Medical Center for treatment, and was released yesterday. Dinwiddie sheriff’s deputies and EMS responded to the scene, and DGIF continues to investigate.

Man in serious condition after hunting accident

Gadsden Times  - ‎Sep 2, 2014‎
One man is in serious condition at UAB Hospital after a hunting accident in the Lakeshore Drive area of Rainbow City, Rainbow City Police Capt.

Man dies after being shot by brother in hunting accident in northern Utah

Greenfield Daily Reporter  - ‎Sep 15, 2014‎
SALT LAKE CITY – Northern Utah authorities say a 49-year-old man was fatally shot in a hunting accident over the weekend. KSL-TV reports (http://bit.

Man wounded by arrow in hunting accident

The Columbian  - ‎Sep 2, 2014‎
While the Volcano Rescue Team began hiking out to the injured hunter, it became obvious that the rugged terrain about 14 miles northeast of Mount St. Helens in Skamania County would make it difficult to get the man out of the area and into an ambulance
New York Times

Reflections on a Shooting Range Death, From One Who Knows

New York Times  - ‎Aug 30, 2014‎
WHEN I was 12 years old, I killed a younger brother in a hunting accident near our home in upstate New York. I returned to that memory this week, when I read about what happened to the young New Jersey girl who lost control of a submachine gun at a …

After fatal gun accidents, children can find comfort in poetry

PBS NewsHour  - ‎Sep 5, 2014‎
JEFFREY BROWN: When he was 12 years ago old, Gregory Orr accidentally killed his younger brother in a hunting accident near their home in Upstate New York.

Brother Shoots Brother to Death in Hunting Accident

Knrs  - ‎Sep 15, 2014‎

Man shot dead in hunting accident

The  - ‎Sep 1, 2014‎
Police were on the scene on Monday morning after a man in his mid-twenties was shot during an elk-hunting trip in Västerbotten.

Fatal instructor shooting a ‘freak accident‘ and ‘sheer stupidity,’ gun range

The Express-Times –  - ‎Sep 3, 2014‎
“It wasn’t education,” Cramsey said of the fatal accident. “It was sheer stupidity.” Gun violence prevention advocate Shira Goodman, of CeaseFire PA, said she hopes the sad incident can start a conversation about children at gun ranges.

Roadblock set to benefit hunting accident victim

Gadsden Times  - ‎Sep 4, 2014‎
The friends of Cody Kuechle, a Rainbow City man injured in a Labor Day hunting accident, plan to raise money Saturday to offset expenses related to his hospitalization.

Grizzly involved in fatal attack on hunter will stay in K-Country with cub

By Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald September 11, 2014

Grizzly involved in fatal attack on hunter will stay in K-Country with cub

Richard Cross was killed by a grizzly bear in Kananaskis Country on the weekend. Officials have decided against destroying the bear responsible for his death, ruling it a defensive attack.

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A grizzly bear that killed a sheep hunter in Kananaskis Country on the weekend will be left in the area with her cub, after it was ruled a defensive attack.

On the weekend, Calgarian Rick Cross was walking alone along the Picklejar Creek trail when he was attacked and killed by the bear.

“It was definitely a defensive attack, not a predatory one,” said Glenn Naylor, district conservation officer with Kananaskis Country. “That was the main decision-making factor, but we have to look at all of the evidence and all possible scenarios first.

“The evidence clearly points to the fact that he out of the blue encountered this situation and the chain of events that happened pretty quickly.”

Cross was hunting for big horn sheep Saturday, but didn’t return home that night as expected. His family reported him missing to police Sunday morning and a search began immediately.

Officers found his backpack and rifle Sunday, but had to call off the search as darkness fell and bears were still in the area. They found his remains not far from his belongings a day later.

Naylor said the evidence shows that the bear responded defensively, both because of its cub and a freshly killed deer carcass in the area.

“It attacked Mr. Cross and the result was tragic. He was killed,” he said. “After he was no longer a threat, the bear left him alone. He wasn’t touched again.”

That led biologists with both Alberta Parks and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to rule it a defensive attack.

“That was the conclusion that was arrived at by everyone,” he said, noting other options would have been to capture and relocate the bear, or destroy it.

Naylor said provincial officials have met with the Cross family about their decision to leave it alone.

“They were appreciative of all of our efforts,” he said. “They had no problem with the result.”

Kim Titchener, program director at Bow Valley WildSmart, said it’s the decision she expected.

“They have a great reputation for doing what’s right for wildlife and what’s right for public safety,” she said. “That bear isn’t a threat. She was doing what bears do.”

The Picklejar area will remain closed until the bear and her cub are finished feeding on the deer carcass.