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MAN INJURED IN HUNTING ACCIDENT

By The Associated Press - 10/11/04

GREAT FALLS (AP) — A man was injured with a shotgun blast Saturday morning after his hunting partner tripped and discharged his shotgun from a distance of about 15 yards, Cascade County officials said.

The shot was composed of tiny pieces of lead or steel and hit the victim in the chest.

‘‘I don't think (the injuries) are life-threatening,'' said Deputy Sheriff Bob Edwards.

The Great Falls men were hunting pheasants at the Fairhaven Hutterite Colony near Stockett when the accident happened, Edwards said.

The victim, in his 30s, was hospitalized in stable condition Saturday afternoon. His name was not released.

The victim's hunting partner managed to recruit help for the rescue, and someone in the group called 911 on a cell phone. They loaded the victim into the bed of a pickup and drove him to a nearby road, where Mercy Flight medics took over.

Authorities do not suspect foul play, but an investigator from the sheriff's department has been assigned to the case, Edwards said.

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