Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2005

Hunter, 57, hospitalized after shotgun accident


ALBION NY - A Waterport man was hospitalized over the weekend after shooting himself in the hand while hunting.

Ernest R. Stephens Sr., 57, of Kendrick Road, told Orleans County deputies that he leaned his shotgun against a tree and that when he grabbed it by the barrel, it went off, hitting his thumb and grazing his forearm.

Stephens was treated in Lakeside Memorial Hospital, Brockport, police said.

In another hunting incident, Donald E. Couch, 73, of Point Breeze, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday while hunting.

Couch left for Carlton at 5 a.m. from his home, police said, and relatives called 911 about 7:20 p.m. when he failed to return home. He was found about 30 minutes later near Lake Shore and Harris roads in Carlton, where family members said he had hunted for years.

Police said he was field-dressing a deer he had shot when he suffered the fatal seizure. Couch had a history of heart trouble and had recently undergone heart surgery, relatives said.


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