May 16, 2007
A 53-year-old Windsor Locks man was accidentally shot by a friend
Tuesday morning as they were hunting for turkeys on private Suffield
land, police and state officials said.
James E. Liss was taken to the Baystate Medical Center in
Springfield after being hit with shotgun pellets in the face, chest,
neck and abdomen, officials said. Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the
state Department of Environmental Protection, said Liss was in
serious condition Tuesday afternoon, but his injuries do not appear
to be life-threatening.
About 8:30 a.m., Suffield police responded to a wooded area off
North Grand Street, where Thomas Poloski, 48, of South Windsor,
apparently shot Liss as they were hunting for turkeys. Both had
obtained the proper permits to hunt, police said.
Police said the shooting appears to have been an accident. The
DEP is investigating.
According to DEP, the 2007 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting
season began May 2 and runs until May 26. Those with permits may
hunt from a half-hour before sunrise until noon. Hunters can take
two bearded turkeys on state land or three on private land.
All turkeys harvested must be tagged immediately and reported to
DEP on mandatory report cards within 24 hours.
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