SHUTESBURY — This weekend was the end of black powder deer
hunting season, and an Amherst resident shot more than he was
looking for Saturday when he put a .50-caliber bullet through his
The 50-year-old man was hunting in the woods east of
the Town Hall on Cooleyville Road with a group of other hunters when
the accident occurred.
“(He) was unloading his black powder,
.50-caliber rifle when it discharged into his left foot,” Police
Chief Thomas E. Harding said.
The Amherst Fire Department
Ambulance Service transported the man to Baystate Medical Center in
Springfield, where, Harding said, according to the report the man’s
left big toe had to be amputated. Harding said the man was otherwise
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