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Crossett man killed in hunting accident

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005

CROSSETT - A Crossett man was killed Monday afternoon in a deer-hunting accident in Ashley County - the first fatal accidental shooting of the hunting season, according to an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission official.

Clyde Thomas Watt, 68, died about 3:45 p. m., after he was shot by Eugene

Watt, his nephew, as the two were hunting at a deer camp near Ashley County Road 289, said Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the commission.

The two were in a party of four hunting deer with dogs. They were waiting for the dogs to run a deer out of a pine thicket, Stephens said.

Stephens said Eugene Watt fired across a county road, which is a hunting violation. A few moments later, Clyde Watt stepped out of the woods and said he had been shot, the spokesman said.

The shooting appears to have been accidental, according to a news release from the Ashley County sheriff 's office.

A sheriff's investigator and a game warden will submit their findings to the prosecuting attorney's office for review, according to the release.

"This kind of accident is very unfortunate and we are all saddened by the loss of Mr. Watt," Sheriff James Robinson stated in the release. "My heart goes out to his family."

In Union County on Nov. 14, a man was injured in a hunting accident between

Lawson and Urbana, east of El Dorado. Joe Mangum of Old Strong Highway was walking by a gas line when he saw a deer and fired a rifle, striking Roger

Dale Mc-Dougald of Lawson, who was in a hunting stand. McDougald survived.

Hunting accidents are a tragedy that happen every year, Stephens said.

In fiscal 2005, which ended June 30, the state recorded three hunting fatalities, compared with four for the same time period in 2004, he said.

"Just make sure of your target, because you can't pull that bullet back," Stephens said.

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