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Oh Deer: Hunting Accident Dings Trib Reporter

Oh Deer: Hunting Accident Dings Trib Reporter

February 26, 2011

Add the Tribís Barbara Brotman to the list of hundreds of Americans hurt in hunting accidents every year. No, she wasnít shot and killed by food writer Monica Eng as the two culminated the Tribís season of venison fascination with a deer hunting trip in Carroll County. But, Brotman did take quite a shot the first time she squeezed the trigger with Bambi in her sites sights:

The gun felt like a cannon going off in my hands. Then something hit me in the eye. My eyeglasses snapped in half. There was blood streaming down my face.

I had forgotten Spangler's warning. I had put my eye too close to the scope and hadn't braced the butt of the gun against my body. The recoil had hit me full on the eye.

Six stitches in the emergency room later, I had cemented my spot in the ranks of hunters who get "scope bite."

I had missed the deer. And I was sorry I had.

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