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OK: Firearm mishap reinforces lesson

Firearm mishap reinforces lesson

By John Kilgore Associated Press Comment on this article 0 Published: December 10, 2010

A hunting accident last weekend to a close family friend rocked my emotions and drove home a fact that hopefully everyone, hunter or not, knows a gun firing bullets or pellets has no consciousness and in many cases there are no second chances.


After sitting in the truck for some time, he got bored and decided to get out, put on his mandatory blaze orange hat and vest along with a pair of safety shooting glasses and waited over behind the blockers when the shooters arrived.

A rooster busted from cover and was no higher than 4 to 5 feet off the deck when the hunter shot with a load of #4's, three of which struck my friend.

With one pellet hitting him in the thigh and another in the hand, the third one then struck and embedded itself deeply within about a half inch from his left eye. He didn't realize how badly he was injured until he reached up to wipe his face from what he thought was perspiration but turned out to be a significant amount of blood.

He yelled out that he was hit and the first hunter to him saw the seriousness and helped get the profuse bleeding stopped. The hunting party loaded up, rushed him to the local hospital from which they sent him to a bigger hospital.

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