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Shot hunter recovering; Arrested partner 'not a suspect'

October 25, 2011

By Mark Millican, DaltonDailyCitizen.com

Shot hunter recovering; Arrested partner ‘not a suspect’

Perry Hudson was just getting ready to sit down on his 5-gallon bucket with his hunting rifle to look for deer when a noise pricked his ears.

“I heard something on the hill up to my right,” he said. “I turned to the right and looked up the hill just a little bit and the next thing I knew I was shot. It was a good thing I was turned to the right — otherwise, I’d be dead.”

Hudson, 41, of Chatsworth, was hunting near U.S. Forest Service property in southeast Murray County on Saturday.

“I started screaming bloody murder to let ’em know I was down there and they wouldn’t even acknowledge they were in the woods,” he said from his room in Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital. “I said, ‘Hey, I’m bleedin’ out! I been hit! Can I get some help?’ (It was) quiet as a mouse. I said louder, ‘Hey, can I get some help?’ (They) never said a word. So I knew right then I was on my own.”

(Hunter) David Kirk Wagnon...was charged by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office for not wearing orange, hunting over bait and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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