GA: Non-hunter shot in Oxendine hunting party
January 19, 2010
Man shot in Oxendine hunting party
A man hunting with Republican gubernatorial hopeful John Oxendine was
"sprayed" in the leg during an organized quail hunt in Dade County on
Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
Oxendine, the sitting state insurance commissioner, was hunting with his
children at a quail hunting preserve when someone accidentally fired their
shotgun and an unnamed adult "was wounded superficially," Oxendine campaign
spokesman David Crim said. Oxendine was not the shooter or the person
wounded, Crim said.
"This was not a Dick Cheney situation," Crim said, referring to a 2006
hunting accident in which the former vice president shot someone in his
hunting party in the face.
Oxendine sent a message to followers on Twitter the same day as the
shooting: "Hunting in North Georgia with my boys today and tomorrow. Hoping
the weather improves, but a great time of being together."
Asked about a shooting incident involving Oxendine, Department of Natural
Resources spokeswoman Robin Hill said late Tuesday that an incident report
would be filed on Wednesday, but she could not say if it involved Oxendine.
Hill said DNR continues to investigate the incident, although her
information said the shooting took place in adjacent Walker County. Walker
County officials said an accidental shooting involving Oxendine's party
occurred in Dade County.
Crim said neither Oxendine nor his sons had hunting licenses, but they
were hunting on a licensed quail preserve and did not need them. Oxendine
has previously been licensed but did not get a license this year, Crim said.
According to the DNR Web site, however, "resident hunters age 16 years
and older are required to have a hunting license, except when hunting on
land owned by them or their immediate family, blood or dependent
relationship, residing in the same household."
Crim said Oxendine was hunting on land owned by a partnership that
includes Delos "Dee" Yancey III, a Rome insurance executive.
Last May, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that State Mutual
Life Insurance and Admiral Life Insurance Company of America, both headed by
Yancey, funneled $120,000 through a series of political action committees to
Oxendine's campaign in 2008. Oxendine denied any knowledge of the donations
and returned the money. The State Ethics Commission is investigating.
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