OH: Injured hunter happy to hunt again
December 24, 2009
West Akron man grateful to be alive 49-year-old survives after father
accidentally shoots him in neck while hunting for squirrels in Chippewa
Louis J. Adams of West Akron is alive.
He readily admits he is not sure why he's still alive. But he is grateful
and frequently thanks God.
He and wife Kelley will celebrate Christmas with 27 family members at her
The 49-year-old survived a potentially deadly hunting accident.
On Nov. 7, Adams was accidentally shot in the neck by his father while
squirrel hunting in Wayne County's Chippewa Township.
He was standing 80 yards from his father, Regis Adams, 76, of Akron.
The bullet struck the younger Adams at the base of his neck and exited
the left side of his neck.
The .22-caliber slug did not hit the jugular vein, which probably would
have killed him. And it missed his spine, which might have left him
How it happened
Adams and his father were alone about 10 a.m. on private property off
Duane Drive near Doylestown.
As Louis Adams and his father tell the story:
The pair separated while hunting on a sunny morning with temperatures
about 40 degrees. The younger Adams went up a hill, then crossed a ravine to
hunt in a new area.
He saw his father and waved. But he realized later that his father did
not acknowledge his wave.
The younger Adams was leaning against a tree. He took off his orange
hunting cap to scratch his head.
He could clearly see his father. But the elder Adams said he could only
see what turned out to be the back of his son's head through brush and
around a fallen tree.
The younger Adams said he saw his father pick up the scoped rifle and
look into the woods where Louis had been. The son turned his head and looked
to the left.
He heard the gunshot and ''then it whacked me,'' he said. He described it
as being smacked as hard as possible with a wooden broomstick. He said:
''Then everything went white.''
''There was a big pain in my neck and I was more than a little scared.
Then I tried to move my hands and I realized they moved. I tried to move my
feet and I realized they moved. I thought, 'This might not be so bad after
all.' '' he said.
''There was blood everywhere.''
The blood soaked through two shirts and Adams' hunting jacket.
That's when he pulled off his hunting gloves and used them to stem the
bleeding from his wounds.
Then the younger Adams called to his father. ''Dad, I think you shot
He went deer hunting with his father two weeks after the squirrel-hunting
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