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VT: DEC officer loses hunting license over accident

SYRACUSE, N.Y. A state Department of Environmental Conservation officer who was involved in an off-duty shooting accident won't be able to hunt for two years.

After a hearing, the state revoked the hunting license of 55-year-old Dieter Kraemer of Ovid. The D-E-C said it was determined there was negligence on Kraemer's part because he fired in an unsafe direction. The ruling doesn't affect his employment.

Kraemer and an acquaintance, Roy Evans, were hunting water fowl last November on a friend's property in Fayette when a pellet from Kraemer's gun struck Evans in the head.

Evans told the Finger Lakes Times this week that he still has the steel pellet in his head, but it doesn't bother him. He says he's happy with the outcome of the D-E-C hearing.

Evans told the paper that Kraemer was on the other side of a pond and shot at a goose. He said a shot ricocheted off the water and struck him in the temple.

The pellet will stay there because doctors say removal could damage a muscle that controls jaw movement.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

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