By JENNIFER NEJMAN
For the Evening Sun
Monday, September 26, 2005 -
A Seven Valleys man died Saturday morning after another hunter
accidentally shot him in the head while goose hunting in Springfield
Township, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said.
Troy Alan Goodling, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene, according
to the York County Coroner's Office. His death is listed as
Goodling was an experienced hunter and was out with family hunting
off White Church Road at 8 a.m., Deputy Coroner Mary Breighner said.
The game commission is investigating and no charges have been filed
at this time, said Cheryl Trewella, commission spokeswoman for the
southeast region, which includes York County.
The name of the person who shot Goodling was not released Saturday.
When hunting geese, people typically wear camouflage and lie in a
field. They call the birds and then either stand or sit up to shoot
them, Trewella said.
Goodling and his hunting partners were lying in a field, she said.
He stood up into the line of a shot coming from one of the hunters
behind him, she said.
No autopsy is scheduled and routine toxicology tests will be
performed, Breighner said.
This year there have been no other goose hunting accidents in the
county, Trewella said.
In 2004, four people were shot to death in hunting-related events,
according to statistics on the game commission's Web site. One was
self-inflicted. None involved waterfowl hunters. Four waterfowl
hunters were injured by gunshots in 2004, according to the statistics.