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NH: 1 killed, 1 hurt in NH hunting accidents

October 31, 2009

1 killed, 1 hurt in NH hunting accidents

One man was killed and another injured in separate hunting mishaps in Rindge and Ossipee yesterday.

Timothy Letourneau, 21, of Rindge, was hunting with his brother about 3:45 p.m. yesterday behind 33 Old Jaffrey Road in Rindge on the first day of muzzleloader deer season when the accident occurred, according to Fish and Game Lt. Craig Morrocco.

The call to 911 was made by the homeowner, who had given permission to the two men to hunt.

Letourneau was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is still under investigation, but it appears Letourneau was either climbing into a tree stand or in the stand when he accidentally shot himself, Morrocco said.

"This incident demonstrates how imperative tree stand safety is," Morrocco said.

Morrocco said Letourneau's brother, who was not identified by name, didn't witness the accident.

In Ossipee, a Somersworth man in a tree stand accidentally shot himself in the hand yesterday afternoon.

Robert Lapointe, 63, was in the woods off Fogg's Ridge Road, near the Effingham town line, just before 2 p.m., conservation officer Mark Hensel said.

"He had just gotten up into a tree stand and was pulling the gun up by a rope when it went off in his hand," Hensel said.

Although Lapointe was alone at the time, his hunting companions were not far away. They helped him out of the woods and drove him to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro. He was later transferred to Maine Medical Center.

Hensel described Lapointe as having "severe damage" to his hand, but said the injury is not life-threatening.

Opening day for New Hampshire's regular firearms deer season takes place on Nov. 11.

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