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

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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

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.”

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“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.

Search for wounded bear shot by bowhunters under way in Kitsap Co.

KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. — Officers with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife are searching the residential area of Port Orchard for a wounded 300-pound bear.

The animal attacked two men after they tried to kill it, and search dogs have been brought to a gravel road just off Berry Lake Road to help track it down.

“This bear has just been frequenting this area according to the neighbors, and these gentlemen had a hunting license, and they decided to do it,” Sergeant Ted Jackson with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

After the bear was shot with a bow and arrow on Saturday, the animal went dashing back into woods. Hours later, the men found the bear not far away and that’s when the situation turned dangerous.

“The bear started to turn near the father and son, the father again shot it with his bow, the bear went after him, and then turned and went after the son,” Jackson said.

Both men were treated for scratches and puncture wounds.

Meanwhile, the injured bear is still lurking around the area only a mile away from Sidney Glen Elementary.

“We’d like to get this thing out of here before schools starts,” said Jackson.

Area resident Ken Bruney is keeping a close eye out while working on his property.

“If you wound an animal you better call somebody, or do something about it,” Bruney said.

Fish and Wildlife officials say the bear hunters did not break the law, but they should have contacted authorities sooner since the animal is dangerous.

“We don’t want a wounded bear out there,” Jackson said. “You could walk through the brush and it could be sitting out here and somebody else could get attacked. We need to get it out of here and make sure we can find it.”

Officials say to never approach a wounded bear, and they are asking residents to be cautious and call 911 if you see the bear.

The search will continue until they find the wounded animal.

Man hunting falls out of tree stand near Monocacy River, suffers severe injuries

50-year-old Knoxville man now recovering in Montgomery Co.


Published 09/13 2015 12:31PM

Updated 09/13 2015 12:31PM

A 50-year-old man is in the hospital after a hunting accident near the Monocacy River in Frederick County Saturday evening.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Patrick Knight from Knoxville, Md. was hunting near the 2800 block of Monocacy Bottom Road, when we fell nearly 20 feet from his tree stand and landed on his back.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue, as well as Carroll Manor Fire Company, brought Knight by air boat to the nearest access point for him to be taken to the Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County.

Knight is currently in the hospital with severe injuries.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police are continuing to investigate.

Man survives tragic accident and then despite odds, hunts again

Nels Hadden may have lost use in his hands, arms, and legs, but he never stopped fighting the good fight for what makes him happy…hunting.

“You go to the mountains and the air seems cleaner and fresh,” said Hadden. “You don’t have all the noise and cars.”

Six years ago an act of kindness almost cost him his life.

He was driving home from work on an icy freeway when he saw a car hit a patch of black ice on the road.

“They had went upside down into the ditch and I witnessed all of it so I pulled over and ran back to assist those people,” said Hadden.

However it was not safe.

Moments later a car going almost 60 miles per hour slid on the ice and ran right into him.

After that he spent almost a year in hospitals.

For the rest of his life, he would be a prisoner in a wheelchair, tied down to only homelife.

Never would he smell the fresh mountain air again.

“I never thought I was gonna be able to do it again,” said Hadden.

Hadden can do different tasks ranging from using his computer to hunting in the mountains.

He blows or sucks from the straw to work this system.

The technology is put to great use with his hunting crossbow.

Allowing him to shoot down animals on his own.

However, a few people wanted to help him become even more capable on the hunt.

So someone he had never met before decided to spend their time and money to build him a hunting blind that would accomodate his wheelchair.

“I’m blessed to have somebody that cares and you know has helped me do that,” said Hadden.

Hunting, something that used to be as easy as walking to Hadden has become a challenge.

However the fact that he can still do it makes him happy.

“When you spend a year in bed you have a great appreciation for just getting up and being able to get out and be outside,” said Hadden.