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2 die during 2007 hunting accidents
Weakley County Press - Union City,TN
Posted: Friday, September 5, 2008 9:17 pm
By JOHN BRANNON Messenger Staff Reporter

A Davidson County duck hunter was fatally injured when his retriever dog stepped on the trigger housing of a shotgun, which fired.
In a Hardeman County incident, a hunter was killed when he was mistaken for a deer.

In Monroe County, a 14-year-old boy stalking a turkey “saw something in the brush.” He fired one blast from a shotgun. He didn’t hit a turkey. He hit two people.

The above summaries are included in the Hunting Accident Report, Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2007, published by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. According to the report, there were two fatal hunting accidents in the state in 2007 and numerous non-fatal hunting accidents. Names of the fatalities and the locations where they died are not included in the report.

Here are summaries of circumstances of both victims:

• Hunter No. 1. Date of accident: Nov. 1, 2007. Age: 28. He had completed a hunter education course. Distance between muzzle and victim: two to five yards. Cause: Careless handling. Transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Narrative: “Victim was standing in the water tossing decoys to a hunting partner who had remained inside the front portion of the boat. Victim’s loaded shotgun was uncased and lying in the bottom of the rear end of the boat. Victim’s retriever was walking around in area of the shotgun and possibly stepped on the shotgun’s trigger. Shotgun fired through the side of the boat and struck victim in lower abdomen.” No charges filed.

• Hunter No. 2. Date of accident: Oct. 30, 2007. Hardeman County. Age: 51. Deer hunting. Hunter education: Yes. Distance of muzzle to wound: 21 to 50 yards.
Narrative: ”Shooter and victim were hunting with center fire rifles during archery season. Shooter incorrectly identified the victim as a deer and fired. Shooter was charged with hunting with an illegal firearm and was convicted in court.”

In the Monroe County incident on March 24, 2007, the 14-year-old had gone turkey hunting with four family members. “The shooter and his mother were stalking a gobbling turkey,” the report states. “Shooter saw something in the brush that he incorrectly identified as a turkey’s head. Shooter fired one shot that struck his two aunts and one cousin.”

Here are narratives of other accidents:

• In Marshall County on April 8, 2007, a 53-year-old man accidentally shot a 28-year-old man when he mistakenly identified camouflage burlap as the body of a turkey. “Shooter fired upon victim, striking him in the hands, forearm and thigh,” the report states.

• In Fentress County on Nov. 17, 2007, a 17-year-old deer hunter had returned from a hunting trip and was unloading his firearm, a rifle. “The victim was resting the barrel of the rifle on his boot. The firearm discharged, striking his foot.”

• In Unicoi County on Nov. 25, 2007, a 40-year-old man was deer and bear hunting when he became lost. He began crawling through a thicket to reach a nearby road. “(His) sidearm was holstered. However, while (he was) crawling, the sidearm discharged, striking (him) in the upper calf.”

Other data:

Randy Huskey, TWRA hunter education administrator, says there were 11 hunting accidents in the state in 2007. Two were fatal, nine nonfatal. Of the 11, 10 were tree stand injuries. “No fatal tree stand accidents were reported in 2007. In 2006, we experienced two fatal tree stand accidents,” he said.

In Trousdale County on Oct. 5, 2007, a 41-year-old man was in a tree stand in archery season when he fell and suffered “numerous broken bones.” “(He) was beginning to descend the tree. (He) stepped off the edge of stand and fell head first approximately 30 feet.”

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