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TN: turkey hunter accidentally shot, then abandoned by a fellow hunter

Huntsman accidentally shot by fellow hunter, who promises help, then flees scene

April 12th, 2011

ELIZABETHTON — A turkey hunter was accidentally shot by a fellow hunter Sunday, then abandoned by the errant hunter who had promised to get help, police said.

Daryl Lloyd Wilson told Deputy Brad Hamm of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that he was hunting on U.S. Forest Service property off Panhandle Road around 10:15 a.m. when he said he thought he heard a turkey call as he was walking from his hunting position.

Wilson said he stopped to look for the turkey and then heard a shot. Wilson was struck in the right side of his body, ranging from his head to his knees, with a few pellets entering his right leg and arm.

Wilson said he then saw another hunter about 60 yards away. He said the hunter walked over to him and asked if he had hit him. He then offered to help him get out of the woods. The unidentified hunter aid he was going to gather his stuff and would be back. Wilson said he began walking out of the woods toward his car and never saw the hunter again.

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