PA: Man's death a warning to turkey hunters
May 9, 2010
Man's death a warning to turkey hunters
Glenn L. Neuschwender Sr. was teaching a friend about turkey hunting when
he was shot by another hunter.
His death from the accidental shooting underscores safety lessons that
hunters should remember from their teachers.
Neuschwender, 67, who moved to Pennsylvania from Long Island partly so he
could hunt more, was walking with his friend through woods in a mountainous
section of Windham Township in Bradford County. It was about 9 a.m. on May
1, the opening day of the spring gobbler season. Skies were clear, and the
woods had very little underbrush, Game Commission supervisor Tim Conway
About 80 feet away, Carl E. Rogers was calling turkeys. He heard a noise,
turned his head, saw a flash of red and fired once from a 12-gauge shotgun,
said Conway, of the commission's office in Dallas.
The blast hit Neuschwender in the chest.
Bradford County's coroner ruled the death accidental, but Rogers probably
will be charged after the commission finishes its investigation, Conway
Rogers is 77 and has been hunting for 65 years, but only took up spring
turkey hunting three years ago.
During the fall turkey season, a hunter made that mistake in Luzerne
County. He fired after seeing movement rather than waiting to verify what
moved, the Game Commission said. The victim, a 14-year-old boy trapping with
his father, survived.
In 1982, there were 181 hunting-related shootings, including 10
fatalities. That compares to 35 shootings and three deaths in 2008, the most
recent year for which figures are available. Ten shootings occurred in
turkey seasons in 2008 when there were 12 shootings in deer season and seven
in small game season.
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