Jimmy Carter Recovering After Fall, But He’s Most Worried About Turkey Hunting

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The Carter Center announced on Monday afternoon that former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery after breaking his hip before a turkey hunting trip.

According to the Center, Carter fell at his home in Plains, Georgia as he was leaving for his hunting expedition.

Although the surgery was “successful,” the ex-president apparently had one major worry: “President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” the statement reads. “He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year.”

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Hunter reportedly shot at person he thought was Bigfoot

A Montana man who was out target shooting became a target himself when another shooter unloaded a barrage of gunfire at him after mistaking him for Bigfoot, authorities said.

The 27-year-old shooter told authorities he was putting up targets outside Helena on Sunday when bullets started flying toward him, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said, according to the Idaho Statesman.

One round came within three feet of the victim and another whizzed by even closer, he told police. The man said he ran behind nearby trees for cover and eventually confronted the shooter, who was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

“I thought you were Bigfoot,” the victim says the shooter told him, according to Dutton. “I don’t target practice — but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it.”

Once the man assured the gunman that he wasn’t Bigfoot — an ape-like creature said to inhabit wooded areas in the Northwest — the shooter advised him to wear an orange vest in the future.

But Dutton noted that “there was some question about the veracity of the report” because the victim who spoke to police a day after the alleged incident couldn’t provide a physical description of the shooter.

Police checked the area but didn’t find the pickup truck, ABC Fox Montana reported.

After local media reports of the man’s story, a woman said she had a similar experience in which she had been shot at by a man in an F-150.

“We’re working to find this person,” Dutton said. “It is of great concern that this individual might think it’s OK to shoot at anything he thinks is Bigfoot.”

If the reports are true, the shooter could face charges, Dutton said.

But the chief said he didn’t think the public at large was in danger, noting that “it seems to be a localized event to one geographic area.”

According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, there have been 46 sightings in Montana since 1978. In 1993, three backpackers spotted a massive upright animal running on two legs through the Gallatin National Forest.

NPR: Suspected Rhino Poacher Killed By Elephant, Eaten By Pride Of Lions In South Africa

Officials at Kruger National Park in South Africa said a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and his remains eaten by lions. Pictured here, an elephant in the park in 2016.

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A suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and his remains likely eaten by a pride of lions, park officials in South Africa said.

Kruger National Park rangers received a call last week from the family of the suspected poacher, the park said in a statement issued Friday. According to the family, accomplices of their relative said he was killed by an elephant on Tuesday, while they were in the park to poach rhinos.

The elephant attacked “suddenly,” police Brig. Leonard Hlathi told South African news website TimesLive. Hlathi said the man’s accomplices claimed to have carried his body to a road before leaving the park.

Rangers began search efforts to find the man’s remains and bring the family closure but could not locate a body.

“Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants,” the statement reads. The remains were found in the Crocodile Bridge section of the park.

Observers were quick to point out the apparent irony. “It’s the Circle of life,” one commentator quipped on Twitter.

Glenn Phillips, managing executive of the park, issued his condolences to the deceased’s family. “Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that,” Phillips said in the statement.

Police are investigating the incident, and the other four suspected poachers have been arrested and will appear in court, according to the statement.

It’s not the first time animals have killed a suspected poacher in South Africa. Last year, one was attacked and eaten by a pride of lions in Limpopo province, police said.

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa has trended down since 2014, but demand for the animal’s horn, nonetheless, remains strong, Reuters reports. More than 500 rhinos were poached for their horns in the first eight months of last year.

Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest game reserve, covers thousands of square miles along the country’s northeastern border. As of late last year, the park had some 5,000 rhinos, down from around 9,000 in 2014, according to government estimates cited by Reuters. Poaching and drought have both contributed to the decrease.

Last year, South African Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa called rhino poaching “a national priority crime.” In a statement, she said that more than 500 alleged poachers and traffickers were arrested in 2017, with the majority of arrests taking place inside or around Kruger National Park.

Freak accident in ditch near Morristown kills popular hunting guide

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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.

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

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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

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

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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?”

HUNTER KILLS SON IN HORRIBLE HUNTING ACCIDENT

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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.

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Crews rescue lost hunter in Eldorado Marsh

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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.