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IN - Hunter shoots hunter

Hunting tragedy averted - this time, anyway

PHIL POTTER, Tri-State Outdoors
December 24, 2006

... Nestling against a fallen tree, the rightful hunter reached out to collar his barking pooch. Then he saw a muzzle flash and felt the searing pain caused by shot impact.

While he wasn't centered in the shot pattern, one of the errant missiles hit him in the neck. It missed the carotid artery by a scant half inch. The shooting victim resisted the urge to return fire and screamed to cease firing.

Because it was way too early for legal duck shooting, the victim approached the perpetrators and asked why they'd shot him. Their answer was they were trying to quiet his dog. He asked why didn't they shout across and ask that the dog be quieted. Their reply was they wanted to scare it away.

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