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Teen fatally shot by 10-year-old during hunting trip

Article published Nov 28, 2005

The Associated Press

A 13-year-old boy died after he was shot by a 10-year-old boy while deer hunting in rural Washington County.

Austin Richardson was shot in the left shoulder with a .22-caliber rifle by Dylan Barfield on Sunday. The boys were with a party of about 14 hunters from the Bay County area who were hunting in the Econfina Creek Wildlife Management Area, said Stan Kirkland, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The commission is still investigating the incident, but there do not appear to be any hunting violations, Kirkland said.

Everyone who was required to have a hunting license had one, each hunter was wearing state-mandated orange, and no children were left unattended, Kirkland said. Under Florida law, children under 16 don't have to be licensed to hunt if they are with an adult.

"With younger hunters, (it's required) that parents be close to them and know where they are at all times. That's as much as we can ask," Kirkland said. "In an ideal situation, one (boy) shouldn't have been ahead of the other."

This is the second recent accidental shooting involving hunters in the area. A week ago, four men from Jacksonville were quail hunting in Calhoun County when one of the hunters shot two others. The injuries were not life threatening.

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