SC: Deer Hunting Season off to a Dangerous Start
Deer Hunting Season off to a Dangerous Start Sunday August 16, 2009 -
Moncks Corner, SC
Two days into deer hunting season and officials are already investigating
Saturday in Berkeley County, authorities say a man was shot in the hand
by buckshot. That victim was not seriously injured.
Hunting is a favorite pastime that could easily turn dangerous.
"A rifle bullet can go over a mile and still somebody," Corporal Russ
Monnett with the Department of Natural Resources says. "A shotgun pellet
with buckshot can lethally kill somebody in thousand meters."
Deer hunting season in South Carolina started Saturday and DNR is already
working their first incident.
"It was a superficial type of injury but I'm sure it hurt," Monnett
described the victim's wounds. "A pellet lodged in his hand. He had to be
taken to Trident Hospital."
Cases like that one are not uncommon. Since 2005 there have been 63
hunting incidents in the state; eight of those were fatalities.
The forest is so thick, other hunters and folks on the trail could be
anywhere and that is why officials say you should always identify your shot
before you fire.
"A lot of people see the bushes move, they'll see the deer cross the road
and they'll shoot. It could be someone walking up from another direction
that didn't even know the hunter was there," Monnett added.
To stay safe, officials say wear an international orange vest, use a
restraint harness in deer stands and closely supervise all children. Also,
realize you're not alone in the wilderness.
"People hike, bike and bird watch and most of those people don't realize
there is someone out there hunting," said Monnett.
The Department of Natural Resources offers free hunting safety courses.
For more information, log onto www.dnr.sc.gov.
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