VA: A deadly season for area hunters
A deadly season for area hunters
January 28, 2011
It has been a deadly season for the areaís deer hunters. Two were killed
during the fall deer season in Central Virginia, the most in the last five
years, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The fatalities happened in Nelson and Louisa counties. In Nelson, a
10-year-old boy shot his 7-year-old brother in the back when the younger
child stepped in front of him as he fired at a deer. The boys were
accompanied by an adult, and no charges were filed in the case, said Game
and Inland Fisheries spokeswoman Julia Dixon.
In the Louisa case, a juvenile shot a hunter who was in the same hunting
party, according to officials. The victim had left his stand and was behind
a deer when both the juvenile and the adult supervising the juvenile fired
at the deer, Dixon said. The deer was killed, but one shotgun pellet
traveled 290 feet to strike the victim, who was wearing hunter orange but
not visible to the juvenile and adult who shot, according to Dixon.
It is very easy for hunters, even those wearing orange, to be invisible
over such distances in the woods, particularly in thick brush.
There were also five nonfatal accidents, involving a variety of mishaps.
In Albemarle County, a hunter toting a muzzleloader stumbled, discharging
his firearm. The bullet missed him, but he suffered a powder burn to the
lower leg, Dixon said.
In Buckingham County, a hunter stood up in an icy tree stand and slipped,
Dixon said. He wasnít wearing a safety harness, which hunting safety
officials stress, and fell to the ground, injuring his back.
In the same county, a hunter was struck by a shotgun pellet while a party
was hunting deer using hounds. A hunter shot at a deer as it ran between two
hunters, and one pellet hit the victim, sending the victim to the hospital.
In Nelson, a hunter shot another hunter from the same party when the
victim came down from his tree stand and walked into the area the shooter
was in. The victim was hit in the upper leg but not killed, Dixon said.
And in Orange County, an unknown shooter struck a hunter in the thumb
with a single pellet of buckshot, she said. That incident remains under
Game officials donít keep track of how many hunters suffer other
injuries, such as heart attacks, in the woods. Accident statistics generally
focus on tree stand safety and firearm safety. The statistics include
everything from sprained ankles to fatalities.
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