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After completing the trapping survey I decided to go look at the report on the AGFC site for last year. One item of interest to me were the reports of the 2 accidents that occurred in that year related to furbearer hunting. The first one sounds as though a beer or 3 may have been involved. The second one...yikes...be double sure of your target folks.

"There were two furbearer hunting related accidents this season (Figure 6).

In the first incident four individuals were using a spotlight to hunt at night. They spotted an opossum in a field.
The victim, who was sitting in the passenger seat had fired a couple of shots at the opossum. The shooter, who
was the driver of the truck, stepped out and stood on the running board of the truck. He rested his .22 cal. rifle
across the roof of the truck. The victim stepped out of the vehicle just before the shooter fired. The bullet struck
the victim on the left side of the victim’s head grazing his scalp. Several citations were issued.


In the second incident the victim was hunting coyotes at night with two other hunting partners. They positioned
themselves on the edge of a field, and turned on a coyote caller. The shooter was staying in a hunting lodge
located over 350 yards from the hunter’s location. The shooter had walked outside to his truck to retrieve
clothing for the next morning’s hunt. The shooter heard coyotes yelping in the distance and went back into to
the lodge to tell the others individuals he was staying with about the coyotes. The shooter grabbed his rifle,
which was equipped with a thermal imaging optic. The shooter and his party exited the lodge. The shooter fired
seven rounds at what he thought were coyotes. The victim was struck with one round in the lower chest/upper
abdomen. The party from the lodge drove to the location of the hunters and realized that the victim had been
shot. The victim was transported to meet the ambulance but did not survive his injuries.
 

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After completing the trapping survey I decided to go look at the report on the AGFC site for last year. One item of interest to me were the reports of the 2 accidents that occurred in that year related to furbearer hunting. The first one sounds as though a beer or 3 may have been involved. The second one...yikes...be double sure of your target folks.

"There were two furbearer hunting related accidents this season (Figure 6).

In the first incident four individuals were using a spotlight to hunt at night. They spotted an opossum in a field.
The victim, who was sitting in the passenger seat had fired a couple of shots at the opossum. The shooter, who
was the driver of the truck, stepped out and stood on the running board of the truck. He rested his .22 cal. rifle
across the roof of the truck. The victim stepped out of the vehicle just before the shooter fired. The bullet struck
the victim on the left side of the victim’s head grazing his scalp. Several citations were issued.


In the second incident the victim was hunting coyotes at night with two other hunting partners. They positioned
themselves on the edge of a field, and turned on a coyote caller. The shooter was staying in a hunting lodge
located over 350 yards from the hunter’s location. The shooter had walked outside to his truck to retrieve
clothing for the next morning’s hunt. The shooter heard coyotes yelping in the distance and went back into to
the lodge to tell the others individuals he was staying with about the coyotes. The shooter grabbed his rifle,
which was equipped with a thermal imaging optic. The shooter and his party exited the lodge. The shooter fired
seven rounds at what he thought were coyotes. The victim was struck with one round in the lower chest/upper
abdomen. The party from the lodge drove to the location of the hunters and realized that the victim had been
shot. The victim was transported to meet the ambulance but did not survive his injuries.
Idiots gonna idiot. Sadly not much can be done about that other than letting Darwin have its way.
 
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