Freak accident in ditch near Morristown kills popular hunting guide

Morristown resident Travis Pineur on a hunting expedition. He was killed Sunday in freak accident in a ditch during the blizzard. Photo courtesy of Caring Bridge

MORRISTOWN — A rural Morristown man killed while trying to free his pickup from a snowy ditch was a well-known big-game hunting and fishing guide who traveled the world in pursuit of trophies for himself and his clients.

Travis Pineur, co-founder of Nomad Adventures, died Sunday about 4 miles from his home in Morristown Township under a freak set of circumstances along a rural road, according to the Rice County Sheriff’s Office.

The 33-year-old Pineur chronicled many of his hunts in extensively produced videos on YouTube, where viewers see him hunting bear in Alaska, snow geese in Missouri and big game and fowl in New Zealand.

Pineur’s loss to hunting and fishing was felt not only in Minnesota but thousands of miles away.

H & H Alaskan Outfitters, on the Kenai Peninsula, posted on its Facebook page that “Travis’s personality was as big as the Alaska size game he hunted. He lived large, with adventure in his blood.

“Many of our clients had the privilege of hunting and spending time in the field with Travis. His dedication and skill were some of the best in the industry.”

On Sunday southwest of Faribault, a motorist who lives nearby stopped and attached a strap to the two vehicles, intending to pull the pickup from the ditch.

However, the strap broke on Tyler Nusbaum’s vehicle and sent the broken hitch hurtling toward Pineur’s pickup. The piece went through the windows of the camper top and the back of the pickup, and it hit Pineur in the back of the head, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Blizzard conditions prevented an air ambulance to respond to the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said. Instead, he was driven in an ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died.

Pineur is survived by his wife, Megan Pineur. The two were married last year and co-owned Nomad Adventures. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

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Hunter taken to hospital after being shot with several pellets

36-year-old Shawn Hunt of New Hampshire was hit in the head with several pellets from a shotgun when a rabbit was spotted.
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SOMERSET COUNTY(WABI) – Game wardens say a rabbit hunter was shot Tuesday morning in Pleasant Ridge Plantation.

Authorities say 36-year-old Shawn Hunt of New Hampshire was hit in the head with several pellets from a shotgun.

We’re told Hunt was on a guided hunt with two people when a rabbit was spotted.

Officials say Hunt instructed one of the other hunters to shoot the rabbit, and Hunt was hit by several pellets.

Hunt was taken to the hospital in Skowhegan to be evaluated.

Game wardens are still investigating.–506074031.html

Two brothers went hunting in Dzilam, one gets shot in the chest in “hunting accident”


A sad ending had a hunting trip for a couple of brothers in the forest near Dzilam Bravo, after one of them got shot to death in what is apparently a “hunting accident”.

On Saturday Jan. 19, around 22:00 hours, brothers Arturo and Víctor C. C. went hunting north of the town, but by Arturo was accidentally shot in the chest and he died right on the spot.

His brother Víctor, in his first statement, said that his brother and him were hunting but they got separated, after a few hours in the mountain he heard a shot and the screams of his brother so he ran to the place.

When he arrived, he saw his brother Arturo who managed to say to him “I was shot” before he fell unconscious, so he immediately informed the municipal authorities who arrived with SSP paramedics, but could not do anything, because Arturo no longer showed vital signs.

Hours later, ministerial police officers arrived on site, to collect data of the incident and to proceed with the lifting of the body.

Meanwhile, Victor was arrested as the main suspect in the death of his brother, in what could be an imprudence homicide. Local authorities already open the corresponding file in the municipality of Motul.

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Croatian bishop accidentally shoots hunter


Published: January 15, 2019


According to local media, the bishop has a reputation as an avid hunter. PHOTO: REUTERS

According to local media, the bishop has a reputation as an avid hunter. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZAGREB: A Croatian bishop accidentally shot and badly wounded a man while hunting wild boar, reports and officials said today, igniting criticism on social media in the mainly Catholic country.

Bishop Vjekoslav Huzjak was on an organised hunting trip in eastern Croatia on Friday when he misfired his rifle and struck another hunter in the thigh, the Vecernji List daily paper said.

The bishop’s Bjelovar-Krizevci diocese said in a statement that “he voices his deep sorrow for what has happened and wishes a quick recovery to the wounded hunter”.

Police, without identifying the bishop, said they “completed a probe of a 58-year-old man” who “shot at a wild boar but missed and the bullet hit a 64-year-old man”.

He was hospitalised in Zagreb with serious injuries but his life was not in danger, police said, adding that they would file a criminal complaint against the shooter.

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“This is something unusual and such a thing has never happened in the recent history of our Church,” the Vecernji List paper quoted an anonymous church source as saying.

According to local media, the bishop has a reputation as an avid hunter.

The accident sparked many, mostly negative, comments on social media in Croatia, where nearly 90 per cent of the 4.2 million population are Roman Catholics.

“This is what happens when priests instead of sticking to altar get hold of a rifle … Amen!” one woman commented on Facebook.

“What is a bishop doing hunting? Killing creatures of God?” another man wrote. “Isn’t that against his service and faith he preaches?”



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Here’s another reminder to always confirm what you’re shooting at before making the shot. A Russian hunter recently shot and killed his son after thinking he was a moose. According to the Moscow Times, an investigator said, “The hunter fired a rifle into a moving object in poor visibility, mistakenly believing that it was a moose.”

Instead, it was the hunter’s 18-year-old son, who died from his father’s misguided shot. The incident took place in Khanty-Mansiysk in northern Russia, about 2,000 miles east of Moscow.

“Having come closer, the hunter saw that he mortally wounded his 18-year-old son,” the investigator told the Moscow Times.

Reports have not released the names of the father or his son. The father is charged with “death caused by negligence,” which means he could face possible jail time, the Moscow Times reports.

Crews rescue lost hunter in Eldorado Marsh


ELDORADO – On Sunday crews rescued a hunter from the Eldorado Marsh after he repeatedly fell through the ice into thigh-deep marsh water and became disoriented, authorities said.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office said dispatchers received a 911 call from the hunter, a 38-year-old Fond du Lac man, around 5:45 p.m. He had finished hunting for the evening and was lost and cold.

Dispatchers pinpointed his location in a patch of cattails. Recent high temperatures thawed the ice there, so crews could not easily walk onto the ice to reach him.

Law enforcement drove a utility vehicle into the icy-watery mix and rescued the man within an hour, the sheriff’s office said. They brought him to a waiting ambulance, and paramedics treated him at the scene.

Eldorado Fire Department supplied the utility vehicle while Ripon Fire Department contributed a drone to the rescue effort.

Westford man, shot by hunter, in fair condition

The condition of a Westford man, shot accidentally by his hunting partner in Stowe, was upgraded to fair this week at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

Joshua Fitzgerald, 31, was shot on McCall Pasture Road in Stowe Nov. 20. He’d been hunting with Avery Cochran, 24, of South Burlington, and they had returned to their truck on McCall Pasture Road.

At about 5 p.m., Cochran was unloading his rifle inside the truck when the gun went off, and the bullet hit Fitzgerald in the abdomen.

Police are calling the incident an accident, and say they’re still looking into how it happened.

Cochran declined to comment on what happened.

The Stowe Police Department, Stowe Emergency Medical Services, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Vermont State Police all responded to the shooting, and Fitzgerald was taken to the UVM Medical Center for treatment.

That night, his injuries were called “life-threatening” by Stowe police, and the next day, Fitzgerald’s condition was described as serious but stable.

By Monday afternoon, his condition had been upgraded to fair, but hospital officials said it was too early to say when he would be released.

Stowe police don’t think alcohol or drugs were a factor in the shooting, and think it was an accident. The investigation is continuing, and early this week Stowe Police Chief Donald Hull said he had no updates.

The numbers on accidents

Louis Porter, commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, says it’s illegal to have a loaded long gun — a rifle, shotgun or muzzleloader — inside a vehicle, even if it’s being unloaded at the time.

It’s also illegal to hunt after half an hour after sunset, according to Vermont law.

On Nov. 20, the sun set at 4:19 p.m., putting Cochran and Fitzgerald within that time frame for hunting, but it was dark.

From data going back to 1972, Porter says Vermont has had an average of eight hunting-related shooting accidents a year in deer season.

Just two years — 2012 and 2014 — had no hunting-related shooting accidents. Last year, there were four.

There hasn’t been a November rifle fatality in the state since 2011, Porter said.

When a shooting accident does occur, it’s not typically fatal.

In 1972, there were 16 shooting accidents, one of which was fatal.

Since 2007, there have been seven shooting accidents during turkey hunting season. One, in 2009, was fatal, caused by an accidental discharge, Porter said.

Last year, Vermont had 70,193 registered hunters, and 9,233 residents of other states had registered to hunt in Vermont, according to Fish and Wildlife.

Porter said his department is proud of the reduction in hunting-related shooting accidents, and says the efforts of volunteer hunting training instructors are part of the reason.

Nicole Meier, hunter education and outreach specialist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, said there are about 400 volunteer hunter educators throughout the state.

About 14 teach in Lamoille County, Meier said.

Each hunter has to go through at least eight hours of training, and all educators are “veteran hunters” trained by the state in hunter education.

New York was the first state to adopt hunter education in 1949. Vermont first began offering a program in the early 1950s, but it wasn’t mandatory for licensure in the state until 1972, Meier said.

Vermont requires six hours of firearms handling education, she said.

“We’ve really seen a down trend in the hunting related shooting incidents because of education” statewide, Meier said.

“We have so few hunting-related shooting accidents that I wouldn’t want that to deter anyone or make anyone feel unsafe. The majority of accidents that we see happening are largely self-inflicted, which doesn’t make it right or good by any means, but I think that people shouldn’t be afraid to go into the woods,” she said.

Marshall Faye, who has lived in Stowe most of his life, taught hunter safety for about 25 years.

“You never unload a gun inside the vehicle. You can accidentally shoot somebody,” Faye said.

He was dismayed to hear Fitzgerald had been shot by his friend by accident, since that’s the very thing he worked hard to teach hunters not to do.

“That’s absolutely the wrong thing to do,” Faye said. “It’s safer for everybody to unload the gun outside the vehicle, pointing in a safe direction. … It’s the most important thing in hunter safety — muzzle control. Making sure you know where that is at all times.”

To Faye, hunter safety is all about reminding hunters that they’re in control of their weapons.

“It’s really stupid to not be safe with a rifle or any gun. You don’t point it in the direction of somebody else. If you’re unloading it and you’re getting into either side of a car, then you’re pointing it at somebody else,” he said.

“Always make sure your gun is unloaded before you get into a vehicle. Whenever you come to a fence or an obstruction, you always unload your rifle, pass it over to another hunter, or carefully set it on the other side, climb over and then pick it up. We teach everybody, you can’t trust a safety. The safety is just a mechanical piece, so you want to make sure your gun is not loaded” regardless of whether the safety is engaged, Faye said.

Faye said he was once almost shot by accident by a man hunting after the sun set, and had “words” with him.

He believes hunting is “probably the safest sport you can have,” if hunters follow all the rules.

Porter agrees, citing a 2011 National Shooting Sports Federation report saying a person is 19 times more likely to be injured while snowboarding than hunting, and 25 times more likely to get hurt riding a bicycle.

Hunting with firearms has a 0.05 percent injury rate, according to the National Shooting Sports Federation report — that is, 0.05 percent of people who hunt with firearms will get hurt.

That’s about one injury for every 2,000 hunters, the federation says.

“I think there’s a higher likelihood of you being struck by lightning than getting shot randomly during hunting season,” Meier said.

Hunter’s body found in Fertile, Minn. field

FERTILE, Minn. — A body of a man who had been hunting was found in a rural Fertile, Minn., field Tuesday night, a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Timothy Leon Berhow, 66, of Grand Forks, N.D., was found just before 8:30 p.m. in a field where he had been hunting, the release said.

The sheriff’s office transported Berhow’s body to the University of North Dakota forensic medical examiner for an autopsy. The release said no foul play is suspected.


At first glance, the headline (above) leads you believe that maybe a hunter will finally serve a purpose, not in life, but as his body decays into the fertile Earth where he died (for whatever reason).

The more cynical of you may be thinking something like, ‘Ugh, get the smelly hunter’s body out of the nice fertile field, so the rotting cascass doesn’t exude toxins in the form of cheap beer, aftershave, fried pork rinds and chewing tobacco.’

Since no foul play is suspected, it’s a shame the sheriff’s office burned the carbon to transport the body to the University of North Dakota for an autopsy.



Wild boar turns tables on French hunters, wounding two

The men were injured when the animal turned and attacked, leaving one of them in critical condition. A debate over hunting has continued to gain momentum in France due to the high number of humans being killed.

A wild boar in a wood

Two hunters were injured in the western French region of Loire-Atlantique on Wednesday when the wild boar they were hunting turned and attacked them. One of the men was rushed to hospital for treatment and remains in critical condition. The animal is said to have weighed 100 kilos (220 pounds).

Wild boar are known as ferocious creatures made all the more dangerous by their swiftness, low center of gravity, muscular shoulders and sharp tusks — which they can use to tear open a hunter’s leg, causing severe bleeding.

The incident was the latest in an ongoing series of serious hunting accidents in France. The frequency and severity of those accidents has sparked fierce debate over hunting practices in the country. Critics point to lax laws governing the sport as well as the ease with which a license can be obtained.

France’s national hunting and wildlife agency ONCFS said that about 115 people had been injured in hunting accidents as of June 1, 2018. The agency said that roughly 85 percent of those injured were hunters and that 13 people had died from their injuries. Three of the deceased were not hunters.

Wild boar in snowy forest The boars can be found across Europe’s forests

Not just animals being killed

The grim statistic rose last weekend when a 34-year-old Welsh mountain biker living in France was shot in the chest while riding on a well-marked trail in the French Alps. The man, Marc Sutton, died from his injuries. The 22-year-old who shot him was hospitalized for shock and may face charges for aggravated manslaughter.

Two weeks ago another man in the same region was sentenced to one year in jail after being convicted of accidentally killing a runner with a single bullet to the head. Critics have demanded tighter regulations on hunting in populated areas or those popular with non-hunting outdoor enthusiasts.

Controversial outside France as well

Hunting is not only a controversial topic in France. Recently an American TV host drew anger from residents in Scotland after she posted several pictures of herself with animals that she shot and killed across the country, among them, a wild goat on the island of Islay.

Local Parliamentarian Michael Russel responded to Larysa Switlk’s post by condemning the practice of hunting goats in Scotland, calling for it to be “stopped immediately.” He specifically criticized tourism companies offering hunters the chance to stalk and kill wild goats, which others call an invasive species.

Michael Russell


As the local member of @ScotParl I am raising this as a matter of urgency with @strathearnrose – if this is actually happening on , and laid on by some sort of tour company I would want to see it stopped immediately

Larysa Switlyk@LSwitlyk

Congrats on Jason on his gold medal 🥇 goat here in Scotland on Islay. A unique hunt, email for more information ! 

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Monroeville man dies in apparent accident while hunting

OXFORD TWP. — Authorities said they found a hunter dead Sunday after his family reported him missing.

Deputies found the body of Theodore “Ted” Wensink, 48, of Wood Road in Monroeville, near Taft and Mason roads at about 8:30 p.m., according to an Erie County Sheriff’s Office report.

A family member contacted the sheriff’s office after Wensink had been “overdue” from a hunting trip he took that day, alone, and said no one had seen or heard from him, the report states.

Deputies searched the woods and found Wensink’s body at the bottom of a tree, about 30 feet beneath a hunters’ tree stand, which appeared to have collapsed, according to the report. Wensink had a visible injury to his head.

Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said authorities are still investigating the death and preliminary autopsy results will be available soon.

Wensink graduated from Perkins High School in 1988 and attended The Ohio State University for mechanical engineering, according to his obituary. He worked as a design engineer in Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana before he returned to Ohio to work at his family’s seed farm in Oxford Township — fulfilling his lifelong dream of working on the farm founded by his great-grandfather.

He was a 4-H advisor and superintendent of a llama club. In Erie County, Wensink was a volunteer with the Erie County Fair, particularly with the Oxford Hustler 4-H club.

“His humor and kindness will be missed by all who knew him,” his obituary states.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer, whom he married Nov. 18, 1995; their two sons, Jeremy and Timmy; parents, Richard and Kay Wensink; two brothers, Christopher (Liana) and Neil (Kate); nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery.