Deer Snatches Hunter’s Gun In Czech Republic

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You might think twice about hunting deer if one comes charging at you with a gun. In the Czech Republic, a hunter’s gun got caught in a deer’s antlers. The animal promptly ran off.


Good morning. I’m Steve Inskeep. Hunters in the Czech Republic were following a deer when something went wrong. One of their dogs startled it. The deer ran toward them and one of its antlers caught the strap of a hunter’s rifle. It ran off. Someone later saw the deer, still with the gun, more than a mile away. Apparently, the gun isn’t loaded, but some future hunter may think twice about opening fire when encountering a deer that also appears to be armed. It’s MORNING EDITION.

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Friends thought rifles were unloaded in deadly accident

By Published: Jun 25, 2014

MASON COUNTY, Wash. — The Skokomish tribe near Shelton is mourning the death of 14-year-old Ciqala Miller. Deputies believe he was accidentally shot to death by his 13-year-old friend as both boys pointed hunting rifles at each other believing they weren’t loaded.

In court documents, the boy said he and Ciqala had spent the day fishing and were playing around at Ciqala’s house on Skokomish tribal land north of Shelton Tuesday evening.

“They were even arguing over who caught the bigger fish and playing and they both grabbed rifles and were playing and one of the rifles went off,” said Mason county chief criminal deputy Ryan Spurling.

The 13-year-old immediately went looking for help.

“The young boy come running out and was asking us to call 911 and was really panicky,” said neighbor Annette Smith.

Smith said she was first at the house to find Ciqala on the floor of the hallway taking his last breaths with little chance of saving him.

“There was no way,” she said.

Ciqala is from a prominent Skokomish family. His uncle is the tribal chairman. His father, Rick, is a prominent hunter. No word yet on whether the prosecutor will pursue the fact that hunting rifles were so easily accessible.

“There are different firearms rules as far as has a child had a hunter-safety class, have they hunted, that type of thing. Handguns are different than long guns in some of those respects,” Spurling said.

Smith is also a member of the tribal council.

“There’s also accidents that do happen and this one here was a really bad accident,” she said. “I really feel bad for both families.”

Both families expressed concern the 13-year-old was in a fragile mental state and on suicide watch in juvenile detention. They asked for him to be allowed to go home under house arrest while the legal process moved ahead. The judge agreed.

Tuesday night tribal members say they gathered around Ciqala’s body as it was brought out and sang while holding candles to allow the spirit to leave. There will be a candle walk at the tribal center to continue the traditional sendoff on Wednesday night.

In Agreement With a Hunter, This One Time…To a Point

Here’s my letter to the Daily Astorian in response to their article, “Bowhunting and Elk.”

When they printed it, the newspaper simply titled the letter, “In Agreement.” But a more fitting title would have been: “In Agreement With a Hunter, This One Time…To a Point.”

Dear Editor,

Although I don’t usually find myself in agreement with hunters on much of anything, I had to concur with the rifle hunter who stated last week that bowhunting’s 50 percent crippling rate is a calamity and absurdly unfair to elk (“Bowhunting and elk,” The Daily Astorian, Aug. 23). For every elk the average bowhunter kills, at least one escapes with an arrow painfully stuck in them.

However, I was disappointed that the rifle hunter’s main concern was for his chosen sport, not for the elk themselves. His final line, “It’s high time to care about elk seasons,” should have read, “It’s high time to care about elk.”

Jim Robertson


Nine Signs You’re at a Paul Ryan Rally

Nine Signs You’re at a Paul Ryan Rally:

9)  All the babies are in cammo diapers

8)  Senior citizens seen fleeing in mortal fear

7)  Secret service guys are the only ones carrying concealed weapons

6)  Has-beens, wanna-bes and never-weres (such as Ted Nugent and Kid Rock) are crowding the stage, hoping someone will recognize them

5)  Rapists are handing out cigars, in the tradition of proud fathers everywhere

4)  The candidate looks like a scary version of Eddie Munster

3)  Fang marks left on all the babies he’s kissed

2)  Instead of shaking hands with voters, Ryan is trading deer sausage recipes

1)  Some Bubba is going around bragging, “I bought my 10 year-old girl a rifle and I’m gonna teach her how to kill a deer this year!”—wait a minute, that’s the candidate!

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson