PA: Turkey hunter wounded on opening day
May 5, 2010
Turkey hunter wounded on opening day
TUNNELTON - A Saltsburg hunter was wounded by pellets from another
hunter's shotgun Saturday while hunting turkeys near the Conemaugh Dam in
It was one of five accidental shootings on the opening day of
Pennsylvania's spring gobbler hunting season, according to the Pennsylvania
One of the accidents, in Bradford County, killed a hunter.
Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor for the game commission's
10-county Southwest Regional Office, identified the victim in the Indiana
County accident as David Bruzda, 19, of Saltsburg.
Fazi said Bruzda was shot by another hunter, Roy Schmidt, 34, of
According to Fazi, Schmidt was making turkey calls, saw movement below
him and fired. The pellets from his shotgun hit Bruzda in the side of his
face and upper torso.
Bruzda was taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. A hospital
spokeswoman said Monday that the hospital, as a policy, does not release
information on patients' conditions.
Fazi said Bruzda was wearing an orange cap when he was shot.
Only bearded birds are legal game during the state's spring gobbler
season, and hunters are required to confirm that a beard - from a couple of
inches to several inches long - is protruding from the gobbler's breast.
Fazi said Monday that an investigation into the Conemaugh Township
shooting is continuing. A wildlife conservation officer could not interview
Bruzda during the weekend because of Bruzda's medical condition.
Jerry Feaser, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said
turkey hunters on Saturday were also wounded when mistaken for game in
Clearfield, Greene and Union counties.
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