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NJ - Hunter Shoots Himself in Foot

Hunter going after geese wounds himself in foot
Friday, December 28, 2007

WHITE TWP. | An 18-year-old Hope Township man accidentally shot one of his feet yesterday morning while goose hunting in a farm field off Pequest Drive, New Jersey State Police reported.

Christopher Patton was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital after the 9:50 a.m. incident and is in stable condition, said State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jeanne Henge muhle.

Hengemuhle said Patton was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived at the Unangst Farm. The Belvidere rescue squad took him to the Morristown hospital.

The State Police said state Division of Fish and Wildlife personnel responded and are investigating the incident. Patton shot himself with a shotgun, police said.

It is currently goose, duck and small game (rabbits and pheasants) season. It is also muzzleloader deer season, said state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Karen Her shey.

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