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5-year-old Boy shot while hunting with dad in Wisconsin

Boy shot while hunting with dad in Wisconsin

April 17, 2011

JACKSON, Wis. -- Authorities say a boy dressed in camouflage was shot while turkey hunting with his father in Jackson Marsh in southeastern Wisconsin.

Lt. John Buck of the Washington County Sheriff's Department says a hunter from a different party thought the 5-year-old was a turkey and fired at him from about 40 to 50 yards away Sunday morning.

Buck says the child was struck by over a dozen shotgun pellets in the head, chest, and leg, but was responsive and talking at the scene. He says the boy is expected to recover. The boy is now at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating. Buck says orange vests are not required for turkey hunting as they are for deer hunting.

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