On the opening day of turkey season earlier this month, longtime hunting buddies Hilton Hutto and Fred Wilson were staked out in blinds on Wilson’s property in Ponce de Leon.
The 80-acre lot is surrounded by a timber mill, with planted pines lining the property line. The area is isolated, making it a prime spot for hunting.
The two men were about 75 yards apart, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report that would follow, when Hutto saw a turkey walk in front of his friend.
Wilson recalls seeing Hutto line up the shot with his barrel facing directly at the turkey —and in turn, at him. He thought his friend was just getting his target ready so he could get the bird when it took a few steps away from Wilson.
Hunter Fred Wilson was accidentally shot by his friend Hilton “Buddy” Hutto during a recent turkey hunting trip. While Wilson is scheduled to have several of the twenty plus metal pellets called “shot” that are still lodged in his skin removed, others cannot be removed and will remain in his body. Gregg Pachkowski, Gregg Pachkowskiemail@example.com
Pensacola hunter accidentally shot twice by his friend
Wilson said he and Hutto immediately packed up and drove the roughly 80 minutes from Ponce de Leon to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where both men live. Wilson said he could have gone to a hospital in Crestview but wanted to be treated at home.
There was blood running down Wilson’s face and pellets lodged in his hands, but Wilson said he gripped the wheel and sped down Interstate 10.
“The adrenaline was there, I knew I was shot and there was blood all down my face but the adrenaline was just going,” Wilson said, adding that he didn’t yet feel the pain of the shooting.
Hutto said he felt terrible about the accident, and sat in the passenger seat with Wilson as the two sped toward the hospital.
“I felt real bad about it, I’d just shot a good friend of mine, someone I’d been hunting with for years. It’s a no good feeling,” he said.
The incident happened March 17, and as of Thursday, Wilson was still meeting with doctors and scheduling surgeries to remove the pellets. Some can never be removed, he said.
“A couple of them they found had gone in and right out, and I’ve got two in my face that are going to be removed, the one in my right hand and index finger,” Wilson said. He said the pellets that need to stay are around his lungs.
FWC is still actively investigating the shooting, according to spokeswoman Rebekah Nelson. She said no further information about the incident could be released, but, she said, there were no turkey hunting accidents reported last season.
Wilson said there’s no animosity between him and Hutto, but he is now dealing with flashbacks of seeing the shells explode toward him.
“The only bad thing is I have nightmares about it, and sometimes I’ll be sitting down and I’ll see it all over again,” Wilson said. “The first time he shot I was looking right at him.”
The pair has plans to hunt together again soon, although Wilson laughs, saying he won’t be setting up anywhere close to Hutto. He’s in good spirits, despite the multiple surgeries and time consulting doctors, chalking it up to a mistake between friends.
“He didn’t kill me and he didn’t blind me, the big guy was watching out for me,” Wilson said.
A Monroeville man was accidentally shot by a minor while on a hunting trip, according to
On Jan. 27, Vineland Police responded to the 3400 block of East Oak Road for a report of a gunshot victim and found 18-year-old Clinton Nicholson with a wound to his right elbow. He was flown to Cooper Hospital where he underwent surgery and was released with a non-life-threatening injury.
Initially, the incident was reported as a hunting accident when the victim was duck hunting with two 15-year-old juveniles. A follow-up investigation found that one of the juveniles was handling the shotgun recklessly and caused the gun to discharge. The other juvenile then gave false information to police during the formal interview.
The 15-year-old juvenile in possession of the shotgun was charged with aggravated assault by recklessly causing bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon. The other juvenile was charged with hindering the apprehension or prosecution of another by providing false information to law enforcement officers.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. – Officials believe a body that washed up on Tyler’s Beach in Isle of Wight County on Sunday may be that of one of the two missing boaters that had disappeared in Surry County during a winter storm in January.
The men, who were identified by family and friends as Kyle Englehart and Austin Savage, were reported missing after their 16-foot john boat never returned to the Jamestown Yacht Marina on Jan. 3.
A Virginia State Police helicopter discovered the hunters’ capsized boat on Jan. 4, but the hunters have not yet been located.
The Coast Guard, along with Virginia State Police, the James City County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, used a K9 Unit and a drone in the search, which was suspended on January 5.
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“Austin and Kyle are very hands on and very experienced hunters and boaters,” Austin’s brother Nathan Savage said. “Something doesn’t add up because they’re so experienced.”
Englehart and Savage went out Wednesday night to repair a broken duck blind before the winter storm hit Virginia.
When they did not return, workers at the marina notified the Coast Guard. That was at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Their empty boat was discovered three hours later, near Hogg Island, Coast Guard spokesperson Corinne Zilnicki said.
Austin Savage, 20, is from Hampton and worked maintenance at Varina High School.
Kyle, 29, graduated from Varina High School and lives in Charles City County where he worked as a farmer, according to friends and his social media accounts.
The night Englehart and Savage disappeared, a massive winter storm hit the Hampton Roads region of Virginia dumping snow and keeping temperatures in the teens.
Search and rescue operations underway in Woodville, MS after 3 Louisiana hunters were reported missing.
Two adults and a child were found dead after four Louisiana people were reported missing Sunday morning following a hunting accident in Woodville, MS.
The Zachary Police Department identified the adult victims as Darrin Vince and Madaline Hemba. Officials said Vince is the brother of one of the department’s reserve officers and Hemba worked for the city of Zachary. They also asked for members of the community to keep the victims’ families in their thoughts and prayers.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported it received the first calls around 6:30 a.m. about a possible drowning on the Buffalo River in the Fort Adams area. The Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office took the lead on the investigation.
Deputies said four people were getting off one boat into a second boat being used as a duck blind on the river when the second boat capsized. One of the hunters got out safely and has been assessed by medics.
Search and recovery efforts found the bodies of a man, his sister-in-law, her child, and a dog that are believed to have gotten trapped under the boat and blind.
The bodies were recovered at around 3 p.m., according to Woodville Police Chief Jessie Stewart.
Officials said the blind was in an area of the river that’s about 7 feet deep, and approximate the temperature of the water to be about 49 degrees Sunday morning.
It is unknown whether they had on life jackets.
Multiple agencies assisted in the search, including the Mississippi Department Wildlife and Fisheries, Zachary Fire Department, West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, East Side Dive Team from Baton Rouge, Woodville Police Department, and Woodville Fire Department.
Woodville is located in Wilkinson County, roughly an hour drive from Baton Rouge.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife police are asking for the public’s help after officers found more than two dozen dead ducks dumped along a roadside in Grays Harbor County on Dec. 26, 2017. (Photo: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Police)
GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. – State Department of Fish and Wildlife Police are asking for the public’s help to find whomever dumped more than two dozen dead ducks along a roadside in Grays Harbor County last week.
Officers said three white garbage bags containing 28 ducks that had been shot were discovered on December 26 at the Devonshire Road turnout on State Route 12, about nine miles east of Aberdeen.
The dead ducks included 8 hen Mallards, 18 Drake Mallards and two smaller birds.
“People have strong opinions and hunting is a trigger for a lot of people,” Tate said.
“I know other female hunters who have received those kinds of comments, and once I started getting a larger audience [on Instagram], random negative comments would start to trickle in,” she added. “Around 10K followers I would start getting private messages, really nasty and threatening comments.”
Tate says she’s been sent “really nasty and threatening comments” due to her lifestyle. (Nikki Tate)
However, the hostile messages have paled in comparison to the outpouring of support she has received from the hunting community — after the article, her Instagram gained more than 2,000 followers overnight.
“People have messaged me on Instagram saying I am a role model and inspiration, and thanking me for supporting conservation,” she said.
Tate tells Fox News she hunts because it lets her know “exactly where my food came from.” (Nikki Tate)
Also outside of the death threats, her unexpected celebrity has started a respectful dialogue around hunting that she hopes will continue.
“People who don’t agree with me have messaged me and asked me questions about hunting and why I do it. We have had very intellectual conversations — it’s been so rewarding for me.”
Now that she’s been pushed into the limelight, Tate says she wants to use the opportunity to further spread her message about conservation and hunting.
“When you kind of get in the public eye and you have an opportunity to spread a message about conservation, take it,” she said. “I’m involved and I love being involved. I want to do something positive with the attention.”
“When you kind of get in the public eye and you have an opportunity to spread a message about conservation, take it,” says Tate. (Nikki Tate)
Dave Ciekot, DelmarvaNow CorrespondentPublished 5:36 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2017
August is an odd month. It’s too hot to start most hunting chores, the actual hunting seasons are weeks away and even the fishing is stuck in the summer doldrums. Yet we’re so close, calendar-wise, to so many things that everyone is itching to start doing something. With the archery deer seasons being some of the first hunting in September one smart thing to do now is take care of those minor but important details on your tree stands.
Whether you use a climbing, hang-on, ladder or tripod stand while deer hunting, take this time to go over your stands and check for things like rusted metal, worn bolts and loose pins. Replace anything that looks questionable because it’s certain to break at the most critical time. With tree stands that will likely be when you’re 20 feet in the air, which is not the place you want an equipment malfunction.
Pay close attention to the strap that secures the stand to the tree. On many stands this is simply a heavy nylon belt and those have a tendency to wear and rot over the years. Look closely if your stand has a metal band or cable for the tree attachment, too, as even those can deteriorate over time. I use a climber for much of bow season and a few years ago I noticed the metal cable was beginning to show rust and corrosion. In the trash it went, replaced by a brand new cable from the factory. Don’t take any chances.