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First Day Of Hunting Riddled With Incidents

Nov 28, 2005 11:54 pm US/Eastern

(KDKA) The first official day of deer season got off to seemingly a rough start.

Incidents and injuries to hunters of all ages were reported:

In Chartiers Township, Washington County, an extensive search was underway for a missing 82-year-old hunter. A friend dropped him off at 6am, but then got worried when the hunter didn’t show up at the end of the day. Officials had 20 quads and three fire departments searching for the man, they feared dead. But the missing hunter was found alive and well.

In Jackson Township, Greene County, a 12-year-old boy is in fair condition in Children’s Hospital after the rifle he was holding accidentally discharged, and shot him in the foot.

In Hanover Township, Washington County, a man was injured when his gun exploded in his face. He’s in the hospital with broken bones.

In Connellsville, Fayette County, a 16-year-old was shot in the finger. The PA Game Commission says it appears as if the teen was shot by another hunter, but are still investigating.

Although it seems like a long list of mishaps, the Game Commission says today was actually a pretty good day.

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