HOLLISTER, N.C. — As deer season in North Carolina comes to a
close, Dustin Etheridge, wildlife officer with the N.C. Wildlife
Resources Commission, used the accidental injury of a Rocky Mount
hunter as a cautionary tale for others.
"It’s so easy to not get hurt out there hunting, but it’s the
small things you have to think about," Etheridge said.
As Joseph B. Edmondson, 29, laid his gun in a vehicle early
Monday morning, he jostled the safety of his brother's gun and ended
up with buckshot in his thigh. Sgt. Carl Hatcher of the Wildlife
Resources Commission said Edmondson and his brother, Kevin, of
Roanoke Rapids, were among a party of about 30 people leaving from
the Poor Boys Hunting Club Monday morning.
Etheridge said the excitement of the hunt and the presence of
friends can be a distraction.
"Take a moment to see 'Is my gun unloaded? Is the safety on? Do I
have it in its case?'" he suggested. "That’s all you need, but
people overlook that."
Etheridge did not question the expertise of the Edmonsons and
He said anyone can make a mistake, even those who have been hunting
their whole lives.
"Most of the hunting accidents I’ve had this year, the people
have had 20-plus years hunting experience," Etheridge said.
Kevin Edmondson's 12-gauge shotgun was in the vehicle, loaded and
pointed out, Etheridge said. "We always teach to have your gun
unloaded always, at all times, especially when traveling to and from
where you are going hunting," he said.
"What you have to remember is that it’s a mechanical device. And
anything mechanical is apt to fail you."
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