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3 HUNTERS SHOT ON FIRST DAY OF DEER HUNTING SEASON

1 Man Shot In Back By Another Hunter

POSTED: 8:34 am EST November 30, 2004
UPDATED: 8:50 am EST November 30, 2004

PITTSBURGH -- A hunter's stray bullet flies into a neighborhood, shattering glass.

Tuesday morning, hunters are in the woods for the second day of rifle deer hunting season.

Already, it has been a dangerous one.

According to the Tribune Review, three hunters have been shot.

In two of those cases, the hunters shot themselves.

But, one of the hunters was hit in the back by a round fired by another man in Armstrong County.

And, not too far from that, a woman made a disturbing discovery in her driveway.

"I mean, this is scary because I could have been standing out there," she said.

Rebecca Black of Gilpin, Armstrong County, walked out of her home Monday afternoon to find a bullet flew through her Dodge pickup truck windows.

It then went into her Jeep.

The stray bullet was from the nearby woods.

Black said this is something that happens in her neighborhood during the hunting season each year.

"I don't have anything against hunters. They have to realize where their bullets might end. People don't think. I guess they get wound up in the moment."

Also on the first day of hunting season, Robert Dykes, a Kittanning Township hunter, was shot in the back by accident by another hunter.

Todd Shearer, of Apollo, said he has been hunting since he was 12 and knows the key to staying safe is picking the right spots.

"You've got to scout, find your own spot," Shearer said. "You can't just pull up somewhere where 10 other guys are already hunting, walk up there and think you're going to hunt and just ruin it for everyone else."

Nearby residents, like Black, also dread the Monday after Thanksgiving.

"It just scares me that you live out here and you don't know if you can walk out into your front yard. You might be hit with a bullet ," said another neighbor.

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