Man fatally shot while hunting in Wadi Mujeb

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/man-fatally-shot-while-hunting-wadi-mujeb

By Rana Husseini – Oct 14,2017

AMMAN — Police are questioning a 23-year-old hunter who allegedly shot and killed another hunter in Wadi Mujeb area over the weekend, official sources said.

The suspect turned himself in to the police shortly after allegedly shooting the 42-year-old victim while they were both hunting animals on Friday night, Police Spokesperson Lt. Col. Amer Sartawi said.

“At this point, we are treating this incident as accidental, but we are still investigating the shooting,” Sartawi told The Jordan Times.

A second source told The Jordan Times that “the suspect was hunting late at night in Wadi Mujeb area when he heard a noise near him and thought it was a wild anima”.

“The suspect shot at the direction of the noise with his pump action rifle but discovered that he had shot a person so he immediately turned himself in,” the second source added.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, the source added.

A team of government pathologists headed by Saif Hamarneh performed an autopsy on the victim and concluded that he “received a fatal bullet wound to the back and head,” a senior medical source told The Jordan Times.

 The Criminal Court prosecutor is currently questioning the suspect who is detained at a correctional and rehabilitation centre pending further investigations, the second source added.

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Duck Hunter Drowns in Columbia River

http://keprtv.com/news/local/rescue-divers-pull-duck-hunter-from-the-columbia-river

Rescue Divers pull duck hunter from the Columbia River

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SACAJAWEA STATE PARK, Wash. — Franklin County Sheriff Deputies say a 31 year-old man drowned while duck hunting on the Columbia River on Saturday afternoon.

Dive and rescue teams hurried, searching for a man they said went into the water after his drifting boat.

Officials said the man was duck hunting with a partner at the time he went into the water, and didn’t surface again.

At least two dive and rescue boats scoured the stream near Sacajawea State Park And found the man within the hour.

Action News saw divers giving CPR to the man, then rushing him to the hospital in an ambulance.

Authorities are not releasing the victim’s name.

Hunter airlifted to hospital after wounded moose fights back

With hoof prints stamped on his forehead, Rodney Buffett hopes to hunt again
this weekend

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Posted: Oct 09, 2017 5:01 PM NT Last Updated: Oct 09, 2017 7:23 PM NT

A Newfoundland man was attacked by a bull moose near Grand Bank on Saturday
after shooting it twice. (Radio-Canada)

Rodney Buffett entered the woods on the weekend as the hunter, but emerged
hours later on a medevac chopper as the hunted.

Buffett survived a five-minute battle with a wounded moose near Grand Bank
on Newfoundland’s south coast.

He was released from hospital on Monday morning without any broken bones, or
bottles of moose meat, but did return home to Fortune with a souvenir.

“I’ve got hoof prints in my forehead,” he told the St. John’s Morning Show.

Moose fights back after being shot

The moose-mauling began when Buffett spotted the animal on Saturday morning.
He sized up the 14-point bull before taking two shots, both of which hit the
animal, he said.

The moose went down quickly and put its four legs in the air. An experienced
hunter, Buffet began to approach the animal, as he has done many times
before.

“I thought he was dead. I laid my gun down and turned back to my fiancée and
told her to bring down my knives. When I turned around again he was up.”

The moose lunged toward the hunter and drilled him with its antlers. Buffett
said the moose tossed its head back and flicked him up in the air before he
crashed to the ground.

The moose began stomping on him as Buffett tried to grab hold of it.

“I held onto his antlers and tried to steer him away,” he said. “But it
seemed like forever.”

Buffett’s fiancée watched helplessly from a hill above him, binoculars
pressed to her eyes.

Airlifted to hospital in St. John’s

After Buffett landed some kicks to the moose’s forehead, the animal let him
go and trotted off into the woods.

“I couldn’t move after that,” he said.

Paramedics made a three-kilometre trek through the bush to find Buffett.
They called for help and a medevac helicopter came from St. John’s to
airlift him to hospital.

Buffett received stitches and staples to his head, hands and chest, but was
otherwise intact. He was held in hospital for extensive testing over the
weekend, but said he did not suffer a concussion or internal injuries.

“They tells me I’m hard-headed,” he said.

Despite the terrifying experience, Buffett plans to head back into the woods
as soon as possible. An avid hunter since he was old enough to shoot a gun,
he won’t be deterred by one bad day in the woods.

“I’m hoping to be back moose hunting again about Friday or Saturday with any
luck at all,” he said. “I’d go today, but no, [the doctor] wouldn’t let me.”

While he can joke about the experience now, Buffett was too shaken up to
sleep on Saturday night.

“Every time I closed my eyes I could see the moose coming after me.… It’s
something I’ll never forget.”

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acked-newfoundland-labrador-1.4346689

Father and son hunting black bears nearly killed by grizzly

http://nypost.com/2017/09/28/father-and-son-hunting-black-bears-nearly-killed-by-grizzly/

A father and son hunting black bears in Montana were nearly killed by a grizzly after they suddenly found themselves just 12 feet away from the beast, wildlife officials said.

The unidentified father and his adult son were hiking through “steep slopes and thick vegetation” near the Hungry Horse Reservoir in the northwestern portion of the state Sunday when they came upon the grizzly bear, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials.

“The bear charged at them and attacked the son,” the agency said in a statement released Wednesday. “They saw the brush moving 25 to 30 yards away, but did not see the bear until it was about 12 feet away.” 

The 250-pound female grizzly bear then grabbed the younger hunter’s right arm at the elbow, prompting the man’s father to shoot the bear to get the animal off his son.

“The bear released, and the father shot again,” state wildlife officials said. “The father shot the bear one more time, at very close range, as the bear turned toward him.”

The agency’s Human Attack Response Team responded to the scene later Sunday and found the dead female grizzly nearby. Investigators determined that the animal was roughly 12 years old and was in good condition prior to the killing.

“This was an unmarked bear with no known management history,” wildlife officials said in a statement. “Even though no young bears were visible, [investigators] stated that the bear’s behavior prior to the attack was indicative of a defense of young attack and the bear was attempting to reduce the potential threat to her young.”

Based on the bear’s condition, state wildlife officials believe the bear was not a lactating female, meaning she was most likely accompanied by at least one young bear up to 2 years old.

Neither man was carrying bear spray at the time of the attack, according to FWP officials, who reminded hunters to carry the deterrent as bears are now actively feeding in preparation for winter. The father is in his 60s, while his son is in his 30s, the Billings Gazette reports.

FWP Warden Chris Crane said doctors will now monitor the man’s injuries for infections.

“That’s something you really have to watch out for in cases like these,” Crane told the newspaper.

[Oh no–Not another one!] Massachusetts hunter dies in apparent fall from tree stand in Maine woods

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/08/massachusetts-hunter-dies-in-apparent-fall-from-tree-stand/

Thomas Pelletier, 62, was found by a hunting partner Thursday in a remote area northeast of Old Town.

A Massachusetts man died Thursday after falling from a tree stand while bear hunting about 40 miles northeast of Old Town, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Thomas Pelletier, 62, of Wareham, Massachusetts, had been hunting in a remote area north of Duck Lake.

The Warden Service said Pelletier was discovered around 7:45 p.m. by his hunting companion, 56-year-old Richard Rooks, also of Wareham, who had been hunting in a different area. Rooks found Pelletier unresponsive after an apparent fall and tried to revive him before seeking help.

Pelletier was pronounced dead by wardens and first responders from Lincoln Fire and Rescue, according to the Warden Service. The incident is still under investigation by wardens, who worked throughout the night with the Medical Examiner’s Office to document the incident and remove Pelletier from the woods.

Wardens say that falls from tree stands account for hundreds of injuries, including some deaths, annually in the U.S. and that hunters should carefully follow instructions for setting up stands and using full-body harnesses.

Another Win for the Elephants

by Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson:

Big Game little dick Theunis Botha got himself trampled by an elephant he was about to murder earlier this year.

And this week, there has been another case of justifiable self defense by another elephant who dispatched an Argentinian nimrod named Jose Monzalvez in Namibia.

Mr. Monzalvez was an executive with an oil company whose idea of a neat holiday was to go to Africa to murder an African elephant.

He got more than he bargained for and as a result another big game hunter has been justifiably put down.

I especially love how one of the hunting party with Monzalvez stressed they had valid hunting licenses, as if the elephant had no right to kill a properly licensed hunter.

It’s been a good year for Biting Back, two matadors and two elephant hunters received the appropriate justice from their innocent victims.

African elephant populations have dropped from five million a century ago to around 400,000 today and still the psychopathic headhunters are allowed to ‘legally” continue to murder them.

I’m sure I will get some angry messages asking if I have any sympathy for his family? Don’t bother asking. I don’t. My sympathies lie 100% with the elephants.

Mr. Monzalvez wanted to play the big white hunter and his victim was not in the mood to play the part of the victim.

The media did not report that the elephant was shot so hopefully the elephant got away. I do hope so!

An Argentinian man has been killed in Namibia after he was trampled by an elephant, local media report. The Namibia Press Agency said the hunter, identified as 46-year-old Jose Monzalvez, was killed on Saturday afternoon in a private wildlife area 70…
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Animal rights groups call for compulsory breath test for hunters

ANIMAL rights groups have called for hunters to be subject to compulsory breath-testing — much like drivers.

Hunters and those bearing arms cannot be under the influence of booze or drugs when in control of firearms.

Animal protection groups say the law does not go far enough and hunters should be subjected to random tests.

Hunters or those bearing arms could refuse breath test but it is understood police would be able to arrest them if they suspected someone carrying a weapon was intoxicated.

Victorian Advocates for Animals spokesman Lawrence Pope said his group had seen shooters drinking heavily the night before a dawn hunt.

But hunters and police rubbished the claims, saying that authorities focused on shooting hot spots.

MP Daniel Young said there was no evidence of a problem of drunken hunters. Picture: Mark Wilson

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP Daniel Young said gun licence owners were the most scrutinised members of society and that there was no evidence of drunken hunters.

“Where is the evidence that this has ever been a problem?” he said.

Read more at the Herald Sun

Man indicted after shooting, killing friend during hunting trip

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-leeshawn-sutton-arrest-hunting-friend-dead20170524-story.html

by Christal Hayes Contact ReporterOrlando Sentinel

A man was indicted after shooting and killing his friend during a hunting trip last year, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Leeshawn Sutton, 58, turned himself in to the Volusia County Jail on Wednesday, a day after a grand jury indicted him on a manslaughter charge and hunting violation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Sutton and his friend Bruce Best, 65, were hunting in a swampy section of Oak Hill, north of Maytown Road, on Jan. 20, 2016, when the accident happened.

Sutton opened fire and hit Best with a 12-gauge shotgun, officials said.

The Sheriff’s Office needed a helicopter to help direct deputies on the ground to the two men. When they arrived, Best was dead.

Sutton was booked on one count of manslaughter with a firearm and one count of violation of game rules and regulations.

Big game hunter is crushed to death when an elephant he was hunting in Zimbabwe is shot and falls on top of him

  • Theunis Botha was crushed to death by one of the elephants he was hunting
  • He was hunting with a group in Zimbabwe when they came across animals
  • The group began to shoot, which spooked the elephants which began running
  • Botha was then reportedly picked up by one of the elephants he was shooting at
  • Another hunter then shot that elephant, which fell over on top of Botha  

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A South African safari leader and big game hunter was crushed to death Friday afternoon when an elephant was shot and fell and on top of him.

Theunis Botha, 51, was hunting with a group in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they came across a breeding herd of elephants.

They quickly began to shoot, according to News 24, spooking the animals and causing the elephants to charge at the hunters.

Theunis Botha (pictured right with his wife, Carika), 51, was hunting with a group in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they came across a breeding herd of elephants

One of the elephants is then said to have picked up Botha with its trunk.

A member of his group shot the elephant, hoping it would put Botha down. Instead, the wounded and dying animal fell on top of him,  crushing him to death.

Hunting accident pits father against son

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2017/05/hunting-accident-pits-father-against-son/

The Minnesota Court of Appeals today reinstated a hunter’s lawsuit against the owner of property on which he was hunting, whom he says is responsible for his falling from a tree while trying to climb into a deer stand in Pine County.

The hunter’s father owns the property.

A district court found for Corey Ouradnik’s father, Robert, of Forest Lake, who says he reinforced boards nailed into trees that were used to climb into deer stands. But he says he ran out of six-inch screws before getting to the board that gave way when his son was 16 feet off the ground.

The lower court said Robert was shielded from liability under Minnesota’srecreational-use statute, which limits a property owner’s liability for hunters who use the land with permission. It said Robert couldn’t have foreseen the incident.

Robert only let close family members use the land for hunting and the Court of Appeals needed to answer whether the state’s recreational-use statute shields owners of land that isn’t open to public hunting.

The goal of the statute is to encourage private landowners to allow the public to hunt, by absolving them of some liability.

But the Legislature never defined what “public” is.

“Based on the plain meaning of “public,” we conclude that the term is unambiguous and means community, which is more than a few family members,” Court of Appeals Judge Diane Bratvold wrote today on behalf of the three-judge panel.

So the Court of Appeals ruled (see ruling) that in order to receive protection from the statute, Robert Ouradnik would have had to open up his land to the public, not just his son and close family members.

The district court concluded that the legislature’s intent to promote use of private lands for recreational purposes will be undermined if a landowner must give permission to the general public before liability limitations apply. Similarly, Robert contends that a “prudent landowner will not hold land open to the general public without restrictions.”

Robert also argues that the policy behind the recreational-use statute is to “encourage landowners to allow others to use their lands for [] potentially risky activities” with the liability limitation as a “trade off” for the owner.

We reject these contentions for two reasons. First, the legislature identified its policy goal when it adopted section 604A.20, and that policy makes no mention of “risky activities.” In fact, the recreational uses identified in the statute include many activities that are not usually considered risky, such as picnicking, firewood gathering, and nature study.

Second, even if we assume that owners will not offer their lands to the public for recreational use, we cannot ignore the legislature’s express policy statement in interpreting the recreational-use statute, nor can we disregard the plain meaning of the word “public.” It is for the legislature to decide how well a statute achieves its stated objective, and, to modify it accordingly.

The Court of Appeals sent the case back to the district court for a new trial.