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Friday, November 30, 2007
Hunter shoots himself

SANDYSTON — A pheasant hunter accidentally shot himself Thursday morning when he dropped his gun in the Flatbrook-Roy Wildlife Management Area, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Nicolaos Koutsouris, 53, was admitted to Morristown Memorial Hospital where his condition was unavailable late Thursday afternoon.

Koutsouris, of River Edge, Bergen County, told investigators he was hunting pheasants about 7:30 a.m. and had shot one, said Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the DEP.

He said that as he bent over to retrieve the bird, his gun fell into some brush and went off. Koutsouris was shot in the calf of one leg.

The Blairstown Rescue Squad was called to the scene along with DEP officers and the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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