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GA: 12-year-old boy killed while hunting

October 20, 2009

Waycross boy killed while deer hunting He died on the opening day of deer season

WAYCROSS, Ga. - Students and teachers wore camouflage to class Monday in memory of a Ware County Middle School seventh-grader killed in a hunting accident on the first day of deer season.

Michael James Hurst Jr., 12, of Waycross died Saturday morning when a .30-.30 hunting rifle accidentally discharged as he climbed down with it from a deer stand in woods near Windmill Road in Manor, Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal said.

He died at the scene after being struck in the upper body by the bullet about 8:30 a.m. The lever-action rifle was lying beside the boy at the bottom of the 12-foot-tall homemade deer stand, Royal said.

"It appears he either fell or slipped while climbing down and that his rifle struck the rungs of the ladder, causing it to accidentally discharge," Royal said. There is no indication of foul play.

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