Dog recovering after being hit by hunting arrow

EATONVILLE, Wash. — Someone shot a dog with an arrow in Washington state. And investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information on the culprit.

Heidi Austin-Root told CNN affiliate KOMO her 2-year old rescue dog, Junior, was hit by an arrow in the woods next to her Eatonville home — about 60 miles south of Seattle.

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Someone shot a dog with an arrow in Washington state. And investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information on the culprit.

“It was definitely a kill shot,” Austin-Root said.

Junior was rushed to a local vet, who removed the arrow. X-rays show the projectile lodged in his chest — barely missing his jugular vein. He’s expected to make a full recovery, but he may have a limp.

Junior’s owner blames illegal bow hunters, who apparently hunt for elk in the area.

She said Junior and another family dog may have been scaring away the animals when the shot was fired.

“The poachers had to get close enough. There was no mistaking (the dog) for a deer or anything,” Austin-Root said.

The dog’s owners and investigators with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hope the reward will catch those responsible for the attack, the affiliate reported.

State regulations involving unlawful hunting have penalties that include loss of hunting licenses and suspensions of up to 10 years. There are also classifications that make it a misdemeanor or felony crime.

A cautionary tale: Hunting accidents from long ago

by Rhonda Whetstone, For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin10:34 a.m. CDT September 21, 2016

As hunting season approaches, here are your cautionary tales.

In November 1904, George Brown of Milladore was on his way to the hunting grounds when an accident occurred that nearly cost him his life.

It was early morning when Brown, who was carrying a shotgun loaded with buckshot, slipped and fell on the frozen ground. One barrel of the gun discharged as Brown fell, causing enough recoil to throw the gun from his hand and upon landing, the second barrel was discharged. The buckshot caught Brown in the side, arm and shoulder and his hand was also badly lacerated.

The Stevens Point Daily Journal reported Brown was able to get help at once and was taken to Stevens Point hospital and put under the care of Dr. Lathrop. Although the injuries were painful, full recovery was expected.

A year later, Will Shannon of McDill was thought to be fatally wounded when shot from a shotgun was discharged into the top of his head by a companion, Fay Hulce, while the two were duck hunting. Hulce had drawn a bead on a duck and just as he fired, the boat swung around causing the gun to discharge at the wrong time. Both men then fell overboard in the melee that followed. Shannon’s skull was fractured and he needed surgery and luckily survived. Another time, Shannon was stabbed several times, a story I covered a few years ago.

Our third man was not as lucky. In November 1891, William Zorn of Stevens Point went north to deer hunt in Rhinelander.

Zorn and friend George Gibson, former sheriff of Lincoln County, along with two other men went upriver about seven miles north of Rhinelander to an old logging camp where they headquartered and spent the night.

The following morning, the men went out. Believing a deer would take to one of the “runways” on either side of the ridge, the men separated, going in opposite directions, neither knowing where the other was. When a deer appeared, both saw him and both fired. Although nearly half-a-mile apart, with a ridge of ground between them. The bullet from Gibson’s gun must have dropped several feet to reach the spot where Zorn stood. It was a very unusual accident.

Zorn was shot through the right lung and out his back. He walked a short distance into open space and cried, “Oh, Gibson, I am shot.” Gibson told him then he must have been the one who shot him.

Gibson carried Zorn to the shanty and sent for help. It took an hour before two doctors arrived, and then one physician or the other stayed with Zorn until he died, more than a week later, after everything possible was done for him.

His father went to Rhinelander and brought the remains back to Point for burial. Zorn was 33.

Be safe out there!


Bear mauling on Admiralty Island injures Kentucky hunter

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A Kentucky hunter was taken to a Juneau hospital early Friday morning after being mauled by a brown bear in Southeast Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The U.S. Coast Guard transported Douglas Adkins, 57, of Jenkins, Kentucky, Friday morning from Admiralty Island, south of Angoon, troopers wrote in a dispatch.

His injuries are not life-threatening, according to troopers.

Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a Juneau-based big game guide and Adkins, whom troopers described as a client, were returning from a brown bear hunt to the beach at Chaik Bay when they came across a brown bear a short distance away. The two were using headlamps, troopers wrote.

The brown bear was startled and attacked Adkins. After a short while, the bear backed off and left the area, troopers said.

It was dark and the incident happened quickly, wrote Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.

A crewmember from their vessel, Sultana, notified the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday that a bear had mauled a member of their hunting party and that the man had “multiple puncture wounds,” the Coast Guard wrote in a release.

The Coast Guard arrived around 2 a.m. Friday and took the injured man to a Juneau hospital, where he remained Friday, said Ryan Scott, regional supervisor for the Department of Fish and Game’s wildlife conservation division in Douglas.

Scott said the two people were armed but didn’t fire any shots at the bear.

Few additional details were available Friday afternoon. Fish and Game had yet to speak with the mauling victim, Scott said.

The department will only attempt to locate and kill a bear if a mauling was not defensive, Scott said.

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Today’s hunting accidents

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Man seriously injured after shooting self in hunting accident

Daily Republic  – ‎3 hours ago‎
Larry Maxwell and his son, Cody, of Mitchell, were goose hunting southwest of Miner County in Beaver Township around 3:30 p.m.
The Southland Times

man killed in Central Otago hunting accident

The Southland Times  – ‎Mar 3, 2016‎
A 61-year-old man killed in a hunting accident near Cromwell will be remembered as a hardworking family man, who loved to have a good laugh.

Southside man continues to recover from hunting accident

Gadsden Times  – ‎Feb 27, 2016‎
It took about an hour for help to arrive and be driven by four-wheelers to where the accident occurred. It was a long time for Grogan and his worried friends.
Otago Daily Times

At a loss over hunter’s death

Otago Daily Times  – ‎Mar 4, 2016‎

men injured in helicopter crash – shooting coyotes

Blue Mountain Eagle

UPDATE: Monument, Pilot Rock men injured in Ritter helicopter crash

Published:January 13, 2016 10:19AM
Last changed:January 13, 2016 6:49PM

Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer
The wreckage of a 1988 Enstrom helicopter was found near Ritter Butte Lookout in northern Grant County. The crash was reported at 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer
The wreckage of a 1988 Enstrom helicopter was found near Ritter Butte Lookout in northern Grant County.

Photos courtesy of Sheriff Glenn Palmer
The wreckage of a 1988 Enstrom helicopter was found near Ritter Butte Lookout in northern Grant County.
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter

RITTER — A helicopter pilot and his passenger were injured in a crash near Ritter Butte Wednesday morning.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said a helicopter being used to hunt coyotes ran out of fuel and crashed into several juniper trees on a rock outcropping on property owned by Paul Walton, Ritter, about a half-mile southwest of the Ritter Butte Lookout and one-and-a-half miles west of Highway 395 in northern Grant County.

The crash was reported at about 10:06 a.m. Jan. 13, and the sheriff’s office, along with ambulances from Long Creek and John Day, were dispatched to the scene.

Palmer said, when he arrived on the scene, members of the Long Creek Fire Department were packing the helicopter pilot, Cliff A. Hoeft, 60, Pilot Rock, several hundred yards to an awaiting ambulance.

The single passenger, Cody J. Cole, 34, Monument, walked away from the crash, Palmer said, but both men were transported to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. Hoeft was later transferred by aircraft to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Palmer, who conducted the initial investigation, said the men were “lucky to be alive.” He said the 1988 Enstrom helicopter, registered to BRD Equipment in Adams, was heavily damaged and is considered a total loss.

Palmer said the helicopter and pilot were hired by a number of people who were hunting coyotes on adjoining properties in the area. He said different passengers were taking turns shooting from the helicopter, and the crash occurred within about 1,000 yards of where the aircraft had been landing near the group of hunters.

man shoots nephew in hunting accident

Tue Nov 3, 2015.

ALLEGANY COUNTY — Investigators charged a Rising Sun-area man with negligent hunting on Tuesday – one day after he shot his nephew during a hunting trip in Western Maryland because he mistook him for a turkey, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

In addition, NRP officers confiscated the Mossberg 835 pump-action, 12-gauge shotgun that the defendant, Tracy James Duvall Sr., 65, fired when he accidentally wounded his nephew, Jason Gene Duvall, 39, shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday in Green Ridge States Forest in Allegany County, police reported.

Candy Thomson, a NRP spokeswoman, said the nephew took the brunt of the shotgun blast in his right hip and groin, while also suffering lesser wounds to his face and chest.

The nephew was transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland, where he underwent surgery to have some pellets removed from his body, she added. He was listed in stable condition on Tuesday.

During the hunting outing, Tracy Duvall entered the woods first and began calling turkeys, police said. His nephew later entered the woods and began calling turkeys, too, police added.

“At some point, (the nephew) sat down near a tree. He broke off calling and stood up. At that point, Tracy Duvall, thinking he saw a turkey, fired a single shot from a Mossberg 12-gauge pump-action shotgun from about 121 feet away,” Thomson explained.

The uncle and nephew were able to get out of the woods and call 911, she reported.

Duvall’s trial is scheduled for Dec. 22 in Allegany County District Court, police said. The offense is a “must appear” charge, meaning Duvall cannot mail in a check to the courthouse and concede the case against him, police added.

NRP officers did not arrest Duvall but, instead, issued him a citation. Negligent hunting carries a maximum $1,500 fine for a first offense. A defendant convicted a second time of negligent hunting could be sentenced up to one year in jail and fined up to $4,000.

Hunting Dog named Trigger Shoots owner

woman in the US state of Indiana is recovering after being shot by her dog in a bizarre hunting accident, an environment official says.

The woman, named as Allie Carter, 25, was hunting waterfowl on Saturday in the north of the state, Jonathon Boyd, an Indiana conservation officer said.

She put down her 12-gauge shotgun but her chocolate Labrador stepped on it, shooting her in the foot.

Witness Opens Up About Deadly Hunting Accident Near Colfax

Oct 13, 2015 6:29 PM PDT <em class=”wnDate”>Tuesday, October 13, 2015 9:29 PM EDT</em>Updated: Oct 13, 2015 7:17 PM PDT

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The man told us about his desperate attempt to save the other man’s life while they were miles away from help.

Jesus Valencia was recalled how he tried to perform CPR on his friend, 31-year-old Nicolas Nava Farias, as he lay dying outside Colfax. Valencia described to us the agonizing wait for help with Farias, and why he will never go hunting ever again.

Jesus Valencia knew Nicolas Nava Farias, or Nico, well.

“Just 15 days ago we were out celebrating his birthday,” Valencia said.

Jesus met Nico 7-years-ago when he started dating his cousin Llesenia. 5-years-ago, they married.

“I mean just one of the greatest guys you could meet out there honestly,” Valencia said.

Early Saturday morning, Jesus and his uncle asked Nico to join them last minute to do something he loved, go hunting. They traveled 2 hours to a spot they have been going to for years about five miles outside Colfax.

But this time, wasn’t like the rest. As the team of four surrounded a buck using radios to communicate, a single shot rang out.

“My uncle took the shot, he missed the deer,” Valencia said. “The next thing I hear… I hear Nico yell, asking for help. Saying he’s dying. He yelled that twice. He says, “help me, I’m dying, I’m dying.”

The bullet traveled through Nico’s right arm and into his chest. Jesus rushed to his side. Finally, his third call to 9-1-1 went through. Over the phone the dispatcher told Jesus to do C-P-R to try to save Nico’s life.

“As soon as I pressed on his chest I seen blood coming out on the sides. and I told the dispatch what was going on,” Valencia said. “She’s like, ‘yes that’s going to happen just keep on doing it until help gets there.'”

That help took 45 minutes to find their remote location. By then, it was too late. The hardest thing to think about for Jesus, is Nico’s two boys who are only 3 and 6 years old.

“I wouldn’t want my son growing up without a dad,” Valencia told us. “I just couldn’t imagine that. I just can’t. I mean the kids might not understand right now but then later on their going to need their dad. They’re going to need him.”

Jesus wants every hunter to use Nico’s story as a lesson.

“Be safe out there,” Valencia said. “I never thought it would happen to my family, and it did.”

Because Jesus will never hunt again.

“I can still hear him screaming,” Valencia said. “At night it’s hard to sleep. I mean it’s really hard.”

Valencia says his uncle is taking it even harder, being the one that fired that fatal shot.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is still investigating the shooting.

Boy shot, killed in hunting accident

Deputies were dispatched to the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station in California Hot Springs at about 7:40 a.m. When they arrived, Burns was being treated by emergency personnel, but succumbed to his wound.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, Burns was walking a short distance in front of some of the other hunters in the group, and had walked behind a bush when one of the hunters fired the fatal shot.

Burns was struck in the torso. Members of the group administered first aid and CPR at the scene before taking Burns to the Ranger Station by private vehicle.

The case is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department’s Violent Crimes Unit and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Paul Gezzer or Sgt. Steve Kennedy