Post by centerfield on Nov 18, 2008 11:49:39 GMT -5
In the past 3 days three people have died from hunting accidents. Two of the deaths were from members of hunting parties engaged in deer drives. One in Cattaraugus County and one in Keene Valley. The third was 16 month old child hit by a stray bullet in Swan Lake.
We all need to think about hunter safety and practice what we've been taught in the field.
the details of all three incidents are tragic. they could all be told with one punch line. they didnt know their target and what was beyond it. these are not often viewed as accidents though keep in mind. they fall under the umbrella of recklessness or negligence and this type of conduct often yields legal consequences. in other words, count on getting charged. its in bad taste to gossip about the situations having no real benefit to the conversation other than pat yourself on the back and say "I would never do that". But its in even worst taste to not discuss it, learn from it and reinforce what you already know. my two cents. luke
Heard about the one in Swan Lake. That one really got to me. Guy was legal, over distance from house hold, but like was stated, stray bullet hit the house. That alone was bad, it was an accident, I'm sure of it. Come to find out from some state troopers who were familiar with the case, he had lost his 9 year old daughter to cancer last year. As he was stating his case to police officers, they informed him that a child had died because of his bullet. At that point, he told police officers to lock him up and throw away the key. Talk about being dealt a bad card.
Post by centerfield on Nov 23, 2008 6:00:14 GMT -5
Accidents do happen even under highly controled conditions.
Several years ago a Town of Amherst police officer, described as a "sharp shooter" by the news report, was participating in the town's bait and shoot program. He shot a deer from an elevated platform. The bullet passed through the deer, ricocheted off something, and hit a house about 1/4 mile away. No one was injured, although the local anti-hunting groups came out in full force to try to use it for political reasons.
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