VA: boy recovering from hunting accident
December 31, 2009
La Crosse boy recovering from hunting accident
LA CROSSE — The 12-year-old La Crosse boy that suffered a self-inflicted
wound while hunting last Saturday is at home and recovering well, according
to family members.
Lieutenant Tony Fisher of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries (VDGIF) said Wednesday that the self-inflicted wound suffered by
the juvenile was investigated and ruled to be an accident.
Fisher said that VDGIF Investigator Matthew Sandy was called to the scene
by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office around 8:30 a.m. after it was
reported that while hunting near Webb Road in La Crosse with his father the
child shot himself in the right foot with a .20-gauge shotgun when it
The child was taken to Community Memorial Health Center in South Hill.
Family members said that the juvenile came home on Tuesday after two
surgeries and is doing well.
Fisher said that the VDGIF offers hunter safety classes at no charge and
the Web site, www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education, provides information
on hunter safety.
According to VDGIF, since Hunter Education became mandatory for 12-15
year-old and first-time hunters in 1988, there has been a 25 percent
reduction in the rate of hunting-related shooting incidents.
While hunting is safe in comparison to other common sports, each injury
can cause extreme physical and emotional pain for the victim, the shooter,
and their families. Hunter Education courses are designed to teach hunting
safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship.
A dedicated cadre of 900 trained volunteer instructors works with 160
Conservation Police Officers to teach 14,000 students each year. The classes
are offered in Mecklenburg County by volunteer and Chase City resident Dale
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