MS: Man Accidentally Shoots Partner During Hunting Trip
Man Accidentally Shoots Partner During Hunting Trip
Victim Taken To UMC
February 2, 2011
JACKSON, Miss. -- Wildlife and park officials are investigating a
shooting that injured a man during a hunting trip in Flora Tuesday morning.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks officials said a man
was accidentally shot by his hunting partner while hunting for quail at
Kearney Park Farm on Ergon Road. Officials said the men came across some
quail and as one man fired at the birds, some of his bullets hit the other
hunter in the face and chest.
“Sometimes it can be, as we call it, a hunting fever. They are so anxious
to get that first kill and they're not thinking,” said Capt. Jerry Carter,
of the MDWFP. The investigation is ongoing, but Carter noted that the main
reason hunters get injured is accidental shootings. “We have a state law
here in Mississippi that requires all hunters to wear 500 square inches of
florescent orange,” Carter said.
The MDWFP official, however, said not all hunters abide by that rule and
end up wearing clothing that resembles deer and other game. Since the
beginning of the season, the state department has reported 28 hunting
accidents, with four fatal incidents, Carter said. Justin Hindrick said he's
been hunting for years and believes it's important to always put safety
first while in the woods. “(You have to) know what's going on. Be aware of
your surroundings. Pay attention to what your doing,” Hindrick said.
“Everybody wants to take their orange (clothing) off to be more concealed,
but it's not about the concealment, it's about your life.”
Hunter Joey Melton said it's important for hunters to make sure they know
what they're shooting before they fire their gun. “That's where accidents
come from. Somebody sees something move, (so) they whip the gun around and
they start shooting. That's the worst thing you can do,” said Melton. Carter
said the injured hunter was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical
Center, where he is expected to make a full recovery.
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