Deadly hunting accident now being investigated by TBI

By Kelly McCarthy, Reporter

GRUNDY COUNTY, TN – A deadly hunting accident in Grundy County is now being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says deputies were called out to Northcutts Cove Road for a hunting accident.

“When deputies arrived they found one man giving another man CPR, asking for help, just didn’t know exactly what was going on at the time,” said Sheriff Clint Shrum.


They found 44-year-old Chad Killian with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Killian was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries.

Sheriff Shrum says he was with another man at the time of the accident. 45-year-old Robin Smartt told deputies Killian was shot during a hunting accident, but the Sheriff says “not all of the facts add up,” and now wants the TBI to investigate.

“The initial story that we got was that somebody may have fallen out of a tree stand,” Sheriff Shrum said, “Once we got into the investigation we found out that that was not the case.”

Smartt told another deputy they were hunting coyotes that were killing their chickens.

So with conflicting stories, The TBI is taking over the death investigation, and the TWRA is looking into the fact that guns were being used during archery season.

“That’s why we contacted TWRA because there was shotguns involved,” Sheriff Shrum said, “So we have them looking into that side of why these men were in the woods with shotguns.”

Channel 3 spoke to family members at the home on Northcutts Cove Road. The family hopes the TBI’s investigation brings them some more answers, and brings the family peace.

We will update this story as soon as we get more information.

Parks & Wildlife: Hunter’s Injuries Not Caused By Bear

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– Wildlife officers say that a hunter was not attacked by a bear, despite claims that he was injured when a bear attacked him.

Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigated reports of the bear attack and mauling on the Grand Mesa on Saturday evening.

A hunter in his late 60s was parked on his ATV on Forest Service Road 105 above Powderhorn Ski Resort when he said a bear approached and attacked, causing him to drive over a small cliff into large rocks below. He suffered extensive but non-life threatening injuries.

“We investigated this incident thoroughly over the last three days, including the use of specially trained dogs from the USDA’s Wildlife Services, examination of the injuries, and forensic crime scene examination and we found conclusive evidence that a bear did not attack this individual,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager JT Romatzke in a statement. “This individual is certain that he saw a bear. We are not discounting that he saw something that caused him to react.”

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“People get very concerned about wildlife conflicts, and it is not helpful to cause unneeded alarm,” said Romatzke. “Just like a typical crime scene, all possible conflicts with wildlife require extensive investigation to come to accurate, factual conclusions. It’s important for the public to get the right information, especially when it comes to issues that potentially affect their safety.”

The hunter’s name is not being released.

Search for wounded bear shot by bowhunters under way in Kitsap Co.

KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. — Officers with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife are searching the residential area of Port Orchard for a wounded 300-pound bear.

The animal attacked two men after they tried to kill it, and search dogs have been brought to a gravel road just off Berry Lake Road to help track it down.

“This bear has just been frequenting this area according to the neighbors, and these gentlemen had a hunting license, and they decided to do it,” Sergeant Ted Jackson with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

After the bear was shot with a bow and arrow on Saturday, the animal went dashing back into woods. Hours later, the men found the bear not far away and that’s when the situation turned dangerous.

“The bear started to turn near the father and son, the father again shot it with his bow, the bear went after him, and then turned and went after the son,” Jackson said.

Both men were treated for scratches and puncture wounds.

Meanwhile, the injured bear is still lurking around the area only a mile away from Sidney Glen Elementary.

“We’d like to get this thing out of here before schools starts,” said Jackson.

Area resident Ken Bruney is keeping a close eye out while working on his property.

“If you wound an animal you better call somebody, or do something about it,” Bruney said.

Fish and Wildlife officials say the bear hunters did not break the law, but they should have contacted authorities sooner since the animal is dangerous.

“We don’t want a wounded bear out there,” Jackson said. “You could walk through the brush and it could be sitting out here and somebody else could get attacked. We need to get it out of here and make sure we can find it.”

Officials say to never approach a wounded bear, and they are asking residents to be cautious and call 911 if you see the bear.

The search will continue until they find the wounded animal.

Man hunting falls out of tree stand near Monocacy River, suffers severe injuries

50-year-old Knoxville man now recovering in Montgomery Co.


Published 09/13 2015 12:31PM

Updated 09/13 2015 12:31PM

A 50-year-old man is in the hospital after a hunting accident near the Monocacy River in Frederick County Saturday evening.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Patrick Knight from Knoxville, Md. was hunting near the 2800 block of Monocacy Bottom Road, when we fell nearly 20 feet from his tree stand and landed on his back.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue, as well as Carroll Manor Fire Company, brought Knight by air boat to the nearest access point for him to be taken to the Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County.

Knight is currently in the hospital with severe injuries.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police are continuing to investigate.

One man dies after hunting accident

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Kentucky State Police said Brad Meade’s body was found at 9 a.m. off of Pigeon Roost Road in the Pilgrim community after a hunting accident.

Brad Meade, 22, died from a bow and arrow. They do add the incident was accidental. Martin County Sheriff John Kirk tells WYMT that Meade must have fallen when his arrow was loaded in his bow, but strapped around his back. Meade reportedly pulled the arrow out of his leg, wrapped his shirt around the wound, and tried to make it back to his vehicle.

The body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy. Kentucky State Police are investigating.


Man survives tragic accident and then despite odds, hunts again

Nels Hadden may have lost use in his hands, arms, and legs, but he never stopped fighting the good fight for what makes him happy…hunting.

“You go to the mountains and the air seems cleaner and fresh,” said Hadden. “You don’t have all the noise and cars.”

Six years ago an act of kindness almost cost him his life.

He was driving home from work on an icy freeway when he saw a car hit a patch of black ice on the road.

“They had went upside down into the ditch and I witnessed all of it so I pulled over and ran back to assist those people,” said Hadden.

However it was not safe.

Moments later a car going almost 60 miles per hour slid on the ice and ran right into him.

After that he spent almost a year in hospitals.

For the rest of his life, he would be a prisoner in a wheelchair, tied down to only homelife.

Never would he smell the fresh mountain air again.

“I never thought I was gonna be able to do it again,” said Hadden.

Hadden can do different tasks ranging from using his computer to hunting in the mountains.

He blows or sucks from the straw to work this system.

The technology is put to great use with his hunting crossbow.

Allowing him to shoot down animals on his own.

However, a few people wanted to help him become even more capable on the hunt.

So someone he had never met before decided to spend their time and money to build him a hunting blind that would accomodate his wheelchair.

“I’m blessed to have somebody that cares and you know has helped me do that,” said Hadden.

Hunting, something that used to be as easy as walking to Hadden has become a challenge.

However the fact that he can still do it makes him happy.

“When you spend a year in bed you have a great appreciation for just getting up and being able to get out and be outside,” said Hadden.

Deer with arrow lodged in face is saved

Deer with arrow lodged in face is saved
“The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife successfully removed
most of the arrow from the deer’s face after tranquilizing her Tuesday
morning at a private property off Suffolk Way. The doe, whom activists
have named Grace, was in good health and released back into the wild
with her fawn, wildlife officials said.”


Bear hunting quota to be set at Fort Lauderdale meeting


Texas Man Hurt When Bullet Ricochets Off Armadillo He Tried To Shoot


The man shot at the armadillo just before 3 a.m. on Thursday after seeing it on the freeway in the town of Marietta, Texas, according to Cass County Sheriff official.

The bullet ricocheted back at his head. The man was treated for minor injuries. Local reports are unclear as to the condition of the armadillo.

This was the second armadillo-shooting-followed-by-ricochet of the year. The first, in Georgia in April, injured the shooter’s mother-in-law. The man shot the armadillo, the bullet bounced and then passed through a fence and into her mobile home while she sat in a recliner. Her injuries were minor but the armadillo did not survive.


One Shot During Confrontation With Hunters

  • July 20, 2015

    One person was shot after getting into an argument with hunters northeast of Munson Saturday night.

    According to witness accounts, there were several individuals deer hunting the area of Green Road and Yearling Lane. A confrontation began between the group of hunters and and another individual, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said.

    At one point during the confrontation, a gun was pointed at the group of hunters when a shot was heard. The individual who was pointing the gun at the group was shot with a high powered rifle during the incident, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said. The victim was airlifted to an area hospital.

    The victim remained in the hospital late Sunday recovering from a gunshot wound; their exact condition was not available.

    Detectives with the Santa Rosa County Sheriffs are actively working this investigation. The individual who shot the victim was identified and is being questioned about the incident.

    More information has not been released.

Iowa grants gun permits to the blind

Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register 1 a.m. EDT September 8, 2013

No one questions the legality of the permits, but some officials worry about public safety.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Here’s some news that has law enforcement officials and lawmakers scratching their heads:

Iowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.

No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

On one side: People such as Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who demonstrated for The Des Moines Register how blind people can be taught to shoot guns. And Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, who says blocking visually impaired people from the right to obtain weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. That federal law generally prohibits different treatment based on disabilities

On the other side: People such as Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos, who said he wouldn’t issue a permit to someone who is blind. And Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, who says guns may be a rare exception to his philosophy that blind people can participate fully in life.

Private gun ownership — even hunting — by visually impaired Iowans is nothing new. But the practice of visually impaired residents legally carrying firearms in public became widely possible thanks to gun permit changes that took effect in Iowa in 2011.

“It seems a little strange, but the way the law reads we can’t deny them (a permit) just based on that one thing,” said Sgt. Jana Abens, a spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, referring to a visual disability.

Polk County officials say they’ve issued weapons permits to at least three people who can’t legally drive and were unable to read the application forms or had difficulty doing so because of visual impairments.

And sheriffs in three other counties — Jasper, Kossuth and Delaware — say they have granted permits to residents who they believe have severe visual impairments.

“I’m not an expert in vision,” Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere said. “At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.”

Training the visually impaired

In one Iowa county, blind residents who want weapons would likely receive special training.

Wethington, the Cedar County sheriff, has a legally blind daughter who plans to obtain a permit to carry when she turns 21 in about two years. He demonstrated for the Register how he would train blind people who want to carry a gun.

“If sheriffs spent more time trying to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and not people with disabilities, their time would be more productive,” Wethington said as he and his daughter took turns practice shooting with a semi-automatic handgun on private property in rural Cedar County.

The number of visually impaired or blind Iowans who can legally carry weapons in public is unknown because that information is not collected by the state or county sheriffs who issue the permits.

Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, said the range of sight among people who are classified as legally blind varies greatly. He believes there are situations where such applicants can safely handle a gun.