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TX: Clay Jenkins hurts eye in dove shooting accident

October 17, 2010

Clay Jenkins hurts eye in dove shooting accident

The good news is that Clay Jenkins didn't shoot a friend or bystander.

But the Democratic nominee for County Judge did hurt his right eye while dove hunting last weekend in West Texas. Jenkins said his eye was sprayed with small debris and dust after he pulled the trigger on a shotgun used to shoot birds. When the eye did not improve, he sought medical treatment.

"I was out bird hunting with some supporters and right as I'm shooting a bird I get something scratchy in my eye," he said. "In hindsight I should have pulled my contact out of my eye and quit hunting."

Jenkins says he owns a lot of guns, including a shotgun, deer rifle, a pistol and other assorted weapons. He adds he loves hunting and supports Second Amendment rights.

As I questioned the civil lawyer's hunting skills, Jenkins blamed his injury on his use of a friend's shotgun, instead of his own.

"I like to dove hunt," he said. "I really don't do a lot of other hunting."

Jenkins is running in the November 2 general election against Republican Wade Emmert.

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