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ME: Duck Hunting Accident Third in Maine This Season

Duck Hunting Accident Third in Maine This Season

10/12/2009

Mapleton man in his 20's, hunting in a remote township in Aroostook County, is the latest victim.

A Maine duck hunter is recovering after being hit with bird shot Saturday, while hunting with a friend in Aroostook County. That's according to the Maine Warden Service, which says the Mapleton man, who is in his 20s, was struck in lower leg and foot while hunting along Realty Road in a remote township in the county.

Officials say the men drove to the Aroostook Medical Center, where the injured man was treated for the injuries, considered non-life threatening.

The Warden Service says this is the third bird hunting accident in Maine this season. On October 1, a pheasant hunter was hit in the chest by birdshot while hunting on Chebeague Island. He was treated and released.

And on Thursday, a Great Falls, Virginia, man was struck in the cheek while hunting with a friend in Long Pond Township. The pellet apparently ricocheted off a tree and hit John Burke, 45, in the cheek, authorities say. The men drove to C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville, where Burke was treated and released.

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