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VT - Turkey hunting accident investigated

Turkey hunting-related shooting investigated May 8, 2008

POMFRET -- Vermont state game wardens are investigating an apparent hunting-related shooting Wednesday that left two Vermont men hospitalized.

Two parties of two hunters each were turkey hunting after separately viewing and stalking the same turkey in a field off South Pomfret Road in Pomfret. The shooter fired one shot from his 12-gauge shotgun, striking two other hunters approximately 60 yards away, in the hand, torso and head with No. 5 shot. The victims were transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., with non-life threatening wounds.

One of the victims, a man from Thetford Center, was released. The other man, from Barnard, underwent surgery to remove pellets from his head and torso. He is expected to remain in hospital for a few days. 

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