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Police investigate fatal hunting accident

Saturday, September 17, 2005. 8:00pm (AEST)

Police are investigating a hunting accident near Bendigo in central Victoria, which has claimed the life of a teenager.

The 17-year-old was hunting kangaroos at Emu Creek with three others on Friday night when one of his friends accidentally discharged his weapon.

The Sporting Shooters Association's Karel Zegers says the incident should remind hunters to be vigilant in following safety procedures.

"When they're out in the field to consider when they're not actually ready to pull the trigger to have the firearm on the safety catch or the action open, which renders the firearm totally inert," he said.

"In other words, it cannot shoot.

"When people don't follow that rule, that's when it gets dangerous."

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