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Bird hunter accidentally shoots himself in the leg

November 3, 2011

From NWCN.com

BOISE -- Authorities in Malheur County say a 56-year-old Washington man is recovering at a Boise hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while bird hunting in eastern Oregon Thursday morning.

Sheriff Brian Wolfe says Randy Smith was with four other hunters on private property north of Nyssa, Oregon. The area is well known for pheasant and quail hunting.

Smith was walking down a hill and tripped, causing his 12 gage shotgun to discharge. He was shot in the calf.

Someone called police dispatch shortly before noon. Smith was flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Boise. His condition is unknown.

Malheur County Sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police troopers are investigating.

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