IN: 13-year-old Owen County boy injures self in hunting accident
November 16, 2009
13-year-old Owen County boy injures self in hunting accident
Deer season began Saturday with a shotgun start and one accident already
on the books, state officials report.
According to a news release issued by Indiana Conservation Officer Max
Winchell, a 13-year old Owen County boy was reported injured about 3:27 p.m.
Saturday after accidentally shooting himself in the hand while hunting deer.
The incident reportedly occurred around the 1200 block of Freeman Road in
Spencer. The boy was transported to Bloomington Hospital. No condition was
available Sunday, Winchell said, adding that conservation officers are
investigating the accident.
Winchell said the accident victim was hunting on his family’s property,
and as such did not require a license. There is no age requirement for
hunting on one’s own property, he said.
“You should treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, that’s the number-one
rule of firearm safety,” Winchell said, noting that that’s a general rule,
not just applicable to Saturday’s accident. When handling firearms, one
should remember to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times
and that a safety is a mechanical device. “Never put your life on a safety.”
Also, November is the breeding season for deer, meaning more are out on
the roads in search of mates. “So they’re out there all the time,
everywhere,” Winchell cautioned drivers. Most deer-related accidents occur
at dawn and dusk, and drivers are advised against swerving away from deer.
Winchell said slowing down and striking a deer, if necessary, is probably
better than running off the road and striking a utility pole or more solid
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