GoFundMe Page Set Up for Man Shot in Sweden Hunting Accident

By TWC News Web Staff
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 05:55 PM EST

SWEDEN, N.Y. — A fundraising page has been set up for the man seriously injured in a hunting accident in the Town of Sweden earlier this week.

Monroe County Sheriff’s investigators say Brett Blackburn was hunting coyotes with his son in a field off South Lake Road in Sweden when he accidentally shot Robert Williams.

Blackburn told investigators it was dark and he mistook Williams for an animal, firing his rifle once and hitting the Byron man in the abdomen.

Williams remains in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The GoFundMe page, started by Williams’ sister, says most people can recognize him by his “big heart, infectious laugh and relaxed demeanor.”

She says she wants to help her brother, who has a wife and 2-month-old baby, with the now-mounting hospital expenses.

Brett Blackburn was arrested and arraigned on second-degree assault charges for the shooting. He has since posted bail.

Man dies in apparent fall from tree stand while hunting in Grundy County


A Tracy City, Tenn., man died Saturday in an apparent fall from a tree stand while hunting near his home.

Family members found Michael “Moty” Nunley dead at the bottom of his tree stand about midday Saturday after he failed to come home, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said Monday. The fall happened near Clouse Hill Road, northwest of Tracy City.

Nunley was an avid hunter, said Shrum, who knew him personally. Nunley was the father of two children and worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the sheriff said.

“Everybody knew him as ‘Moty.’ He was from a good family,” Shrum said. “It was just a tragic accident.”

Shrum said it appeared the fall happened when Nunley was finished hunting for the day. Nunley had driven his four-wheeler to the tree stand, which was older and consisted of a ladder and platform, Shrum said.

“He had already lowered his weapon to the ground. It appears that he fell out of the stand trying to come down the stand,” the sheriff said.

Family members knew something was wrong when Nunley didn’t return from the woods to eat breakfast with his mother, his routine during hunting season, Shrum said.

“He lost his footing or his hold and landed on his back,” Shrum said. Nunley landed on his gun when he hit the ground, but it didn’t discharge.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials said there have been two tree stand accidents this season in the agency’s Region 3, which comprises most of the counties in Southeast Tennessee.

The other accident happened around Nov. 20 in Sequatchie County.

Cleveland, Tenn., resident Steve Wilson, 44, was found dead at the bottom of his tree stand on a remote tract of property on Lewis Chapel Mountain, said Sequatchie County Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock. Wilson had been hunting on private property that was being leased for hunting and had “signed in” on a specific tract, which gave emergency crews a good idea where to look. Authorities said they believed Wilson to be an experienced hunter.

TWRA spokeswoman Mime Barnes said it’s important that hunters take all recommended precautions when using tree stands.

“The No. 1 thing hunters can do to be safe in tree stands is wear a safety harness,” Barnes said. “They should also follow the safety instructions for their particular brand of tree stand and let someone know their plans for their hunt.”

Hunting season is still open, so it’s important for hunters to remain vigilant about safety, Barnes said.

Deer hunting gun season — as well as archery and muzzle-loader seasons — are open now until Jan. 8, she said.

17-year-old accidentally kills friend he mistook for deer during hunting trip

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Va. (WSET) – A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by a friend in a hunting accident late Friday afternoon, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

The game commission says the incident happened on private property on Mt. Carmel Road in Charlotte County around 5:20 p.m.

VDGIF says a 17-year-old boy was hunting and mistook his 16-year-old friend, who was hunting with him, for a deer. The 16-year-old died at the scene.

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16-year-old dead after hunting accident in Charlotte Co.

CHARLOTTE Co., Va. (WSET) — A 16-year-old male was accidentally shot and killed in a hunting accident Friday night, according to the Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).The Game…

The victim, according to VDGIF, was standing in an “agricultural field” and was shot from about 150 to 200 yards away.

The hunters were both wearing blaze orange gear, had taken hunter education, and had the appropriate hunting licenses, according to VDGIF.

Because the teens are minors, their names will not be released. The 17-year-old is from Cullen, Virginia, while the 16-year-old was from Phenix, Virginia.

The victim’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond. The incident remains under investigation by VDGIF.

Greenfield man accidentally shot while returning from evening of coyote hunting/HUNTING ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE

Greenfield man accidentally shot while returning from evening of coyote hunting
PUBLISHED: 11/27/16 12:12 AM EST.
UPDATED: 11/27/16 08:10 AM EST.

GREEFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) – A Greenfield man was accidentally shot while hunting Saturday evening.

Indiana Conservation officers say 31-year-old Dustin Fischer and 26-year-old Johnathan Armstrong, both of Greenfield, were coyote hunting on private property near Wilkinson in Hancock County.

Both men returned to Armstrong’s truck after hunting. Armstrong placed his .223 caliber rifle on th rear floorboard of the pickup prior to Fischer returning to the truck.

When Fischer put his rifle on the floorboard, Armstrong’s rifle fired, striking Fischer in the left arm.

Armstrong and the landowner applied a tourniquet to Fischer’s arm to stop the bleeding.

He was transported to Hancock Regional Hospital and then airlifted to St. Francis Hospital where he will undergo surgery.

The investigation is ongoing.



Edmonton, Ky. (November 28, 2016) – KSP Post 15 received a call on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at approximately 8:14 AM CST in reference to a shooting incident on Cedar Flat Rd. in Metcalfe County. Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Officers and Kentucky State Troopers responded to the scene along with the Metcalfe County Coroner.

35-year-old Herbert N. Lattin, of Edmonton, was located approximately 1/2 mile off the roadway, in a wooded area, with a single gunshot wound to the head. No foul play is suspected. Mr. Lattin was apparently deer hunting from an elevated stand when the accident occurred. Fish & Wildlife officer Jared Ervin is investigating.

Police: Son fatally shoots his father in hunting accident


State police say a 24-year-old man mistook his father for a deer and fatally shot the older man while hunting near the family’s central New York home on Thanksgiving.

Troopers say Kristopher Paro was in a tree stand in the woods behind his home in the Oswego County town of Sandy Creek around 4:40 p.m. Thursday when he heard what he thought was a deer about 100 yards away.

Police say Paro fired a shot, unaware that his father, 58-year-old Kevin Paro, had gone into the woods a short time earlier to hunt. Troopers say the father was hit in the chest by a round from his son’s .270-caliber rifle.

The older man was taken to Oswego Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The son hasn’t been charged. Police say their investigation is continuing.

Woman mistaken for deer, fatally shot by hunter in Arkansas, sheriff says


By Arkansas Online

This article was published today at 9:03 a.m.

A woman was fatally shot by a hunter after being mistaken for a deer in north-central Arkansas, authorities said Wednesday.

Searcy County Sheriff Joey Pruitt said the 29-year-old woman died Tuesday in an “apparent hunting accident.” Her name was not released.

It happened in an area west of Marshall, Pruitt said in a statement.

“The victim was not wearing hunter orange and was mistaken for a deer,” the sheriff said.

Authorities also did not identify the shooter.

Pruitt said his agency along with Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Game and Fish

Hunter rescued after being impaled by elk horn during ATV crash


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A hunter impaled by the horn of an elk was rescued in the Maury Mountains on Saturday, according to deputies.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office said Gary Heeter, 69, of Bend was involved in an ATV rollover crash, and that’s when he was impaled by the elk horn.

Deputies said prior to the crash Heeter had been dragging the elk back to a hunting camp behind an ATV. When he started to drive up a steep hill, the front end of the ATV came up, and Heeter was impaled by the elk horn when the vehicle rolled backward.

More: http://nbc4i.com/2016/11/07/hunter-rescued-after-being-impaled-by-elk-horn-during-atv-crash/

Children wounded in hunting accident near Sweet Home, Oregon


Monday, October 31, 2016 6:09 pm | Updated: 7:01 pm, Mon Oct 31, 2016.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two children were wounded in a hunting accident east of Sweet Home, Oregon.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley says two children, ages 4 and 2, were injured Monday after their 27-year-old father accidentally discharged his rifle while walking back to his pick-up truck.

Capt. Kevin Guilford of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press that the number injured was revised from three children to two after a cut on a 6-year-old’s hand was determined not to be shooting related.

Guilford says the man was hunting with his three children and 54-year-old father at the time.

The victims were transported to hospitals by ambulance, and the 2-year-old with a serious leg injury was transferred to a Portland hospital. Riley says the 4-year-old was struck in the shin and treated at a Corvallis hospital.

Sweet Home is about 35 miles east of Corvallis.


This story has been corrected, per new sheriff’s office information, to say two children were injured in the shooting.

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!