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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

<em class=”wnDate”>Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:17 PM EDT</em>

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

Man killed by father in hunting accident in eastern Oregon

MEACHAM — Umatilla County Sheriff’s officials say a man has died after his father apparently shot him while the two were deer hunting.

The East Oregonian reported 47-year-old David Joseph Branze of Gresham was hunting with his father, Louis Neil Branze, and at least two others Wednesday when one of them called to report an accidental shooting.

Deputies say they responded and learned that 76-year-old Louis Branze of Seaside had fired a shot at a deer and apparently struck and killed David Branze. No other members of the hunting party witnessed the incident.

Search and rescue teams found the body, which was in a steep, rugged area. Sheriff Terry Rowan says the two had hunted in the area for about 40 years.

Deputies are investigating.


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.”

(credit: CBS)

“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.