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9-year-old shot in hunting accident up Logan Canyon

September 3, 2011

By Kevin Opsahl, The Herald Journal

A 9-year-old Brigham City boy is reportedly in good condition after being accidentally shot during a hunting trip in Logan Canyon on Saturday morning.

The incident occurred around 9:45 a.m. One of the participants in the hunting group — which included the boy’s father — took a shot with a shotgun after a forest grouse flew from the vegetation into the air, said Robert Johnson, wildlife resource conservation officer with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

“The victim was shot with two of the pellets, one entering into his left ear, lodged above his jawbone, and the other pellet lodged in the rear of his neck,” Johnson said, based on conversations he had with both the boy and the father. “He was about 65 to 70 yards away from the shooter.”

Johnson said neither the boy nor the father saw who fired the shot, and added that law enforcement officials still need to talk with other witnesses of the incident. DWR officials would not release the name of the boy.

Rather than call for help, the father transported his son to Logan Regional Hospital. Calls to hospital personnel on the state of the boy’s condition were not immediately returned on Saturday.

“All indications to me, he looks like he’s going to do well and make a full recovery,” Johnson said of the boy. “From what the father said, it sounded like the one pellet in the back of the neck will be fairly easy to take out and the other one (lodged over the jawbone) didn’t go in very far either.”

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