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NH: 15-year old shot in hunting accident

May 3, 2007

A 15-year old male has been injured in what authorities are calling a hunting-related accident.

The youth, who was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital following the 8:30 a.m. incident in the Hudson Morgan State Forest off Meredith Center Road, was shot by a 12-gauge shotgun and sustained what Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson described as non-life threatening injuries to his chest and face.

Fish and Game Off. Mike Eastman said the wounds were not self-inflicted and that the victim was apparently hunting with at least one other individual in the forest in an area just east of Daisy Gardner Road and within several hundred yards of Meredith Center Road.

Fish and Game Lt. Jim Goss, whose department has lead authority in the investigation, has scheduled a 2 p.m. press briefing at Laconia Police headquarters.

Goss said hunting-related accidents, while not uncommon, are "very rare."

Today is the opening day of the state's turkey season, which lasts until May 31. The birds can only be taken with a shotgun, said Goss, but it was not immediately known whether the victim and his party were hunting turkey.

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