2008 Turkey Hunting Incident Reports Carry Lessons About This Year's
Thursday, April 16, 2009
...At 11:47 a.m. April 25, 2008, a 61-year-old hunter saw a turkey
walking through the woods. He released the safety on his shotgun and
stood up for a better shot. He stumbled on his shoelaces, and his
shotgun discharged as he fell, striking his left wrist.
...At 8 a.m. April 21, 2008, a 21-year-old hunter heard a turkey
yelping to his right and waited for the turkey to move closer. About
30 minutes later he heard something walking in the brush in the same
direction as the yelps. When he saw something move in the brush and
saw something red he fired, assuming it was a male turkey. He struck
a woman who was hunting with her husband on the same public area.
...At 8:05 a.m. May 6, 2008, two hunting partners split up. One
shot a turkey and returned to their vehicle and moved it closer to
where the other man was hunting. Later he heard his friend calling
and walked toward the caller, answering with simulated turkey
gobbles. When the caller heard the sound of a gobbler and saw
movement and a flash of white in the same direction, he fired,
striking his friend in the left side of his head, neck and body.