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NH: Hunter Accidentally Shoots Himself

October 31, 2009

NH: Hunter Accidentally Shoots Himself

Ossipee, NH (AP) -- Deer hunting season has barely started and there's already been an accident in New Hampshire.

A man from Somersworth, New Hampshire accidentally shot himself in the right hand while trying to lift his loaded rifle into a tree stand using the rope tied around the weapon.

It happened around 1:45 Saturday afternoon in Ossipee.

A state conservation officer says a branch or stick apparently got stuck in the trigger of Robert Lapointe's muzzleloader, setting it off.

The 63-year old was taken to Maine Medical Center; officials say his injuries were non-life threatening.

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