Three 4-year-olds and a 99 y.o. woman reported killing deer in 2013

w/poll: At what age do you think kids are old enough to hunt deer and turkeys?

Total Votes: 24

1-4 0 0%
5-7 1 4%
8-12 10 42%
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January 28, 2015 9:29 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Wed Jan 28, 2015.

When the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday proposed setting 7 as the minimum age for kids to get tags for hunting deer and turkeys, some people asked the obvious question:

“How many kids that young are actually killing deer and turkeys?”

We wondered the same thing.

The state’s mentored youth hunting program since 2006 has allowed kids of any age under the age of 12 – the minimum age for buying a hunting license – to hunt certain game, while under direct supervision of a licensed adult.

In most cases, we’re talking about parents or grandparents.

The board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday voted to tweak the program so that kids of any age under 12 still can hunt turkey and deer, but the state will only issue tags to kids age 7 and older.

If kids under 7 want to shoot turkeys or deer, their mentors have to transfer their own tags to the kids.

Many hunters and hunting organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, want the program to remain as is, with no minimum age placed on the program.

They call such limits “barriers” to hunting.

For example, they said, what if a parent has more than one kid under 7 who wants to go buck hunting?

In Pennsylvania, the parent can only have one buck tag, so only one kid would be able to shoot a buck.

While those who oppose any minimum age have been getting all the media attention, the commissioners said they’ve heard from plenty of hunters who agree with their proposal.

They said some even sent them comments stating they believe no kids under 12 should be allowed to hunt deer.

For those of you out there, like us, who have been wondering how many kids under the age of 7 have been out hunting deer and turkeys, here’s a table showing, by age of the hunters, the number of those animals reported to the Game Commission during the 2013-14 hunting season.

The numbers reported here don’t indicate the number of kids – or adults – of a particular age who were out hunting.

The list only shows how many animals were reported as being shot by hunters of a particular age.

Given historical data, more animals likely were shot, because Pennsylvania hunters are notorious for not reporting their kills to the Game Commission.

(By the way, even though we’re focused on kids, it’s interesting to note there was one buck last season reportedly shot by a 99-year-old woman.)


Dog guards hunter’s body in wildlife refuge duck blind

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) – A dog protecting its owner wouldn’t let a manager at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge approach the duck blind where the hunter had fatally collapsed.

The Clark County sheriff’s office says Ridgefield police removed the aggressive dog using a catch pole Tuesday evening and medics confirmed the 54-year-old man was dead, presumably of natural causes.

The Columbian reports the man went hunting at 5 a.m. but didn’t check out at dusk, so the manager went to check on him. A duck he had shot was inside the blind with him.

The dog was held for a family member to retrieve.


Man shot by Hyannis hunter says he’s happy to be alive

—Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

—Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

HYANNIS, Mass. (WHDH) – A hunter accused of shooting a jogger twice appeared in court Tuesday while police searched for the weapon and the victim recovered at home.

Sean Houle, 47, was arrested and will face a number of charges including careless and negligent use of a weapon causing injury. He also faces other charges including unlawful possession of a primer and unlawful possession of firearm for another gun he was said to be carrying at the time.

Barnstable police said Houle accidentally shot the jogger while he was hunting for deer.

The victim, Jon Way, was hit twice with pellets from Houle’s black powder shotgun, but was recovering. The first shot hit him in the hand.

“I somehow just dove behind a small tree, but didn’t exactly figure out where it came from because it happened so quick. Once the second shot came it went right into my back. That’s when I was realized it was being shot at me, and I started yelling,” Way said.

In court Houle said he had fired at group of deer, but then he heard someone yelling to stop so he ran up to see what had happened.

“Maybe he thought I was a deer, but you don’t shoot at a deer if you can’t identify it,” Way said.

Prosecutors said police still had not found the shotgun Houle was using and said his son may have left the scene with the gun.

It was already dark outside when the shooting occurred around 5 p.m. Monday.

Prosecutors said Houle didn’t have the proper hunting license and has a history of hunting violations and multiple assault and battery cases dating back to the 1990s.

He entered a not guilty plea and was ordered held on $4,000 bail.

Hall of Fame Runner Shot by Hunter

Barnstable Hall of Fame Runner Shot by Hunter

HYANNIS – One of Barnstable High School’s Athletic Hall of Famers will have more than just a tale of his Red Raider glory days to tell his grandchildren one day.

Dr. Jonathan G. “Jon” Way of Osterville, a 1993 Barnstable High graduate and former three-sport all-star and two-sport captain and one of the Red Raiders’ all-time greatest long-distance runners, survived two blasts from a hunter’s shotgun Monday afternoon near Mary Dunn Pond. The hunter, Sean Houle, 47, of Marstons Mills, allegedly mistook Way for a deer and was subsequently arrested and arraigned on multiple charges yesterday in Barnstable District Court.

Dr. Jonathan G. Way of Osterville, seen here with one of his study subjects - the eastern coyote. Photo courtesy Adirondack Wildlife

Ironically, it’s usually Dr. Way who is busy helping injured animals or pursuing his extensive, career-long research on eastern coyotes.

Dr. Way, a research scientist at Clark University in Worcester who has authored two books and has degrees from UMass-Amherst, the University of Connecticut and Boston College, was a Division 1 Collegiate cross country runner for the Minutemen while an undergraduate at UMass. His brother Jeff and sister Nicole Way also starred for the Red Raiders and ran cross country and track at UMass. He is currently seeking a publisher for his third book on his eastern coyote research.

“I’m happy to be alive, indeed,” Dr. Way said. “It was great to get a good night sleep after the past 30-hour ordeal.”

Dr. Way was enshrined in the Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He set the Barnstable High cross country record at Hathaway’s Pond in 1992 (15:39) and set the course record at Falmouth High School the same year (15:43). He was a three-time Old Colony League all-star in cross country, four-time Cape Cod Times All-Cape & Islands First Team runner, twice was named a Boston Herald All-Scholastic and in his senior year was also named a Boston Globe All-Scholastic. His high school cross country records – set 20 years ago – still stand.

He was a two-time All-Conference runner at UMass in the Atlantic 10 Conference (1995 and 1996) and named twice to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team.

Dr. Way is currently at Clark working on a long-term study he developed on eastern coyotes (or coywolves as he calls them) that inhabit eastern Massachusetts. His two books, Suburban Howls – an account of his research findings and experiences studying eastern coyotes in Massachusetts –  and My Yellowstone Experience, runs an organization called Eastern Coyote Research that helps supports his long-term ecological and behavioral study of coywolves in Massachusetts. He also works part time with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center examining the effects of mortality on coyote population demographics, and frequently travels to the Yellowstone area to watch wolves and bears and other wildlife.

Just three weeks ago, Dr. Way was a guest speaker at Wild Care Cape Cod’s 2nd Annual Birds, Beds and Breakfast Weekend benefit in Provincetown. Each year, the benefit helps raise funds and awareness for the care of wildlife in distress. Wild Care of Cape Cod is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Eastham.

Dr. Way said that he reached out to state legislators earlier this year because there are state agencies who have been blocking him in his attempts to continue his research on eastern coyotes.

Perhaps now they might listen.

Sean Walsh is the sports editor for Cape Cod Broadcasting Media. His email is or you can follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers were shot in eastern Pennsylvania by a man who says his rifle accidentally discharged while he was unloading it.

The state Game Commission says the bullet passed through a 14-year-old girl’s left knee and entered the abdomen of a 15-year-old boy Tuesday night in a wooded area behind Tamaqua Area High School.

The teens were taken by helicopter to hospitals for treatment.

There’s no immediate word Wednesday on their conditions. Officials did not release their names.

The Game Commission said Wednesday that a 52-year-old Tamaqua man told investigators he was unloading his rifle when the weapon accidentally fired.

The Game Commission says it’s too early to say if he’ll face charges.

A Schuylkill County 911 supervisor had mistakenly described the wounded teens Tuesday night as hunters.

Be Thankful for Hunting Accidents

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

In response to a favorable comment to a post about a goose hunter who shot his 45 year old son in a hunting accident, one Facebook reader replied:

“I find it disheartening that so many anti-hunters take such psychotic joy in the death of human beings…I find this sort of cheerleading just as bad as the hunters that flaunt their kills. Show some compassion for a change.”

To which I responded, “It’s not that anti-hunters don’t have any compassion; just that their limited supply of it is focused on the original victims (in this case the geese). As police reported about the incident, ‘The two had Canadian Geese decoys spread out in front of their blind…’ Yes, this was a tragedy for the hunters…but they were out there to cause pain, suffering and death for an untold number of geese—a gentle species who care for one another and mate for life. Yesterday afternoon, after the constant blasting of shotguns earlier that day, we saw and heard a lone goose calling mournfully for its lost mate. It is not a game or a sport for the geese—is nothing short of heartbreak.

Hunting accidents are a good way to remind the public about the lethal violence inherent in the “sport” of hunting. To reach the average viewer, the media has to frame everything in the context of how it affects a person. Most people are anthropocentric and have little or no compassion for non-humans. If a human doesn’t get maimed or killed once in a while, people continue to believe the misguided notion that hunting is just a friendly, social hour for traditional family-values proponents; “ethical” conservationists (claiming to be doing the animals a favor by killing them); or worse yet, those fashionable so-called locavore foodies who think of wildlife only as a source of flesh to stuff in their trendy, goateed, hipster gob.

What real harm is there in cheering on the underdog (or deer ordsc_0112 goose or wolf) with remarks like, “What a shame,” “One less hunter out there,” “Another Darwin award,” or “Now he knows what the animals went through.” A mite insensitive, perhaps, but people’s attitudes during wartime can turn rather ugly. And make no mistake; hunting is like war to the animals and those who advocate for them. No doubt the otherwise compassionate Allies cheered as their enemies were eliminated. After all, how much compassion did Hitler and his ilk deserve anyway?

Still, in one way, devoted anti-hunters can be compared to fanatical wolf hunters who won’t be satisfied until they attain their ultimate goal: the total annihilation of their quarry. Yet anti-hunters and other compassionate misanthropists aren’t really planning to march out there and off all hunters. They know that the end of hunting won’t come about merely through  hunting accidents or people violently targeting them. There’s too much pro-hunting propaganda out there and too many hunters breeding mini-Me’s as ready-made hunting partners to one day take over the tradition.

Never mind that folks can get together in the out-of-doors to take a hike, watch birds or photograph wildlife—without taking any lives.

No, hunting isn’t going to end because of a high hunter body count. Not unless those who survive are willing to learn from others’ mistakes and lay down their weapons once and for all.

Now that’s a vision of the future to be thankful for.


Hunter mistakenly shoots son in back of the head

Dad errantly shoots, kills son while hunting

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police say a father has accidentally shot and killed his adult son during a hunting trip in New Jersey.

WCAU-TV ( ) reports that the shooting happened Saturday afternoon in West Windsor.

Police say the older man mistakenly shot his 45-year-old son in the back of the head. The son later died from his injuries.

West Windsor police and the Mercer County prosecutor’s office are investigating.

Hunter Shoots Another Hunter Dragging Dead Deer

Man Thinks Dead Deer Is Alive, Shoots, Misses, Hits Another Hunter

New York state’s hunting season started off with a bang on Saturday, with its first comic shooting accident. A Duchess County man thought he had the perfect trophy in his crosshairs when he took his shot. However, there was a slight hitch: The deer was already dead, and another hunter was dragging it out of the woods. Making things even more spectacular, the shooter missed the deer altogether and instead hit the other man in the buttocks and hand.

The wounded hunter was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No word on who got to keep the highly sought after deer carcass.

Deer and bear hunting season runs until Sunday, Dec. 7. There were 19 accidents in New York state in 2013, including five hunter-on-hunter/bystander. If opening day is anything to go by, we should pull out the lawn chairs and put on some popcorn, because this year looks set to be a doozy.



The Most Common Hunting Accident

As one FB friend commented: Climbing a tall ladder to a tiny rickety platform while drunk is never going to end well…

Tree stand falls most-common hunting accident

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — At least eight Indiana hunters have fallenimagesQB1DEJIT from elevated stands since the archery deer hunting season opened Oct. 1, in what state wildlife officials say is typically the most common hunting accident.

One such accident happened Sunday in western Indiana’s Vigo County. Dave Archer, 60, of Rosedale fell about 20 feet from his hunting stand, state conservation Officer Max Winchell said. Archer was able to use a cellphone to call for help and was taken to an Indianapolis hospital in critical condition, the Tribune-Star reported.

Winchell said Archer fell asleep, leading to the fall.

“This is a common accident,” Winchell said. “Accidents involving tree stands are the No. 1 hunting accident.”

About 100 tree-stand falls have been reported to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources over the past five years, out of some 180 hunting accidents, agency spokesman Phil Bloom said.

Most of those who fell from tree stands were not wearing any form of fall prevention device, which could have prevented serious injury, Bloom said. The agency recommends hunters wear a full-body harness, which is attached to the tree as soon as they being to climb and prevents them from falling from a slip or after falling asleep.

Indiana’s firearm deer hunting season starts Friday and ends Nov. 30, while the archery season continues until Jan. 4. Muzzleloader season runs from Dec. 6 until Dec. 21.
Information from: Tribune-Star,

Wyoming hunter dies from accidental shooting

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CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A Cody man has died from an accidental gunshot wound to both legs.

Authorities say 39-year-old Bruce Ellyson was hunting with some friends east of the Clearwater Campground in the Shoshone National Forest on Sunday when the accident occurred.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office says Ellyson and his companions had just finished their hunt and were preparing to leave when a rifle leaning against a vehicle fell over and fired.

Ellyson was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Mont., where he died from his injuries.