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CA: Another dove hunter shot

Four hunting accidents at dove season opener

September 4, 2009

EL CENTRO — Doves weren't the only things being shot during hunting's annual season opener this week in Imperial Valley.

Three hunters were shot by other hunters on opening day Tuesday, and one hunter shot himself in the foot Wednesday. Two of the hunters struck opening day refused hospital treatment after reporting minor pellet wounds to their arms. But a third hunter took a spray to the face and went to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley for treatment.

“This many shootings is really unusual,” Lt. game warden Joe Brana said.

Brana spoke before hearing about a fourth hunter's self-inflicted wound Wednesday.

A spokesman for Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley confirmed that Bob Hoose, an Orange County-based field representative and pro staffer for Pure Fishing, shot himself in the foot. Hoose told officials he was sitting on a bucket and tumbled backward when his gun went off. The blast struck one of his small toes and severed part of it.

A hospital spokeswoman said Hoose was treated and released.

Capt. Angel Raton of the DFG said details of the shootings would not be released until next week.

Today marks the fourth day of the 15-day dove hunt, but many hunters will be taking their first shots this afternoon or tomorrow.

Imperial Valley businesses are hoping Labor Day weekend produces the effect of a second opener. Yesterday morning, doves were flying higher and there seemed to be fewer of them.

“I'm still seeing lots of birds so the weekend shoot could be pretty good,” Brana said Wednesday.

Finding a grain field is the key.

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