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Nov. 28, 2007, 10:42PM
Accidents serve as reminder about hunting safety

By DOUG PIKE

Roy Folse was killed accidentally this past winter during a duck hunt on the prairie near Katy. Hunting dogs have discharged shotguns on the ground and killed people. Up north, only a few weeks ago, a man accidentally shot and killed his own grandson. Those are one-in-a-million events, but if you're personally attached to that one, the pain is severe and touches your very core.

Recently in Minnesota, a man and his fortunate teenaged son were hunting public land when the younger of the two endured the nearest of near misses.
A rifle bullet of unknown origin whistled through the forest and tore the cap right off the kid's head. He wasn't hurt but imagine the outcome if the shooter's scope had been off by just a single click. ...

The worst case of carelessness I recall actually went down after a hunt.
Back at the vehicles, standing in sloppy mud, hunters were stowing their gear and changing into more comfortable clothes.
One man inverted his shotgun and dropped it into the case, which he'd propped on a boot top to keep it clean. Boom! He'd left a live shotshell in the chamber, and the safety was not on. The mistake cost the guy a toe.

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