DE: Hunting accidents over Labor Day weekend
September 7, 2010
Hunting accidents over Labor Day weekend
A man and a woman have been released from the hospital after a hunting
accident over the Labor Day weekend. The 27-year old woman and 28-year old
man were accidentally shot by another member of their hunting party. The
group was dove hunting on private property near Dover when one of the
hunters put his gun on the ground to fix a decoy. That is when the accident
occurred. Agents are continuing to investigate. Another accident occurred on
private property near Woodside in which a 44-year old man was climbing into
a wooden tree stand when the top step of the stand's ladder broke. He fell
about 15 feet to the ground and required surgery to repair his broken arm.
DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement reports weekend hunting accidents
DOVER (Sept. 7, 2010) - DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement
agents are investigating two hunting accidents that took place over Labor
Day weekend, both on Sept. 4.
The first was related to dove season, which opened Sept. 1, and involved
a husband and wife who were accidentally shot by another member of their
hunting party. The group was dove hunting on private property east of Dover
when one of the hunters put his gun on the ground to fix a decoy. Apparently
the safety was left off and when the gun was picked up, it fired, striking
the victims about 35 yards away.
The 27-year-old woman was struck by 18 pellets in her hand, chest, leg
and lower lip. The 28-year-old man was struck by nine pellets with four
penetrating his scalp and neck. Both were treated and released at Bayhealth
- Kent General Hospital in Dover. Agents are continuing their investigation.
The second accident was related to archery deer season, which also opened
Sept. 1, and took place on private property near Woodside. A 44-year-old man
was climbing into a wooden tree stand when the top step of the stand's
ladder broke. He fell approximately 15 feet to the ground and required
surgery to repair his broken left arm.
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