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Hunting accidents in Georgia have been sparse this season

December 24, 2011

By Rob Pavey, Chronicle.Augusta.com

Georgia wildlife authorities are reporting a sparse season so far for hunting accidents, with two fatalities – both involving falls from tree stands – among just nine incidents reported statewide.

Those deaths occurred Oct. 3, when a 69-year-old hunter died in Dooly County; and on Oct. 24, when a 64-year-old Bryan County deer hunter fell while climbing down from his stand, according to a summary provided by Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division.

Seven non-fatal incidents have been reported this season, including a mauling by a wounded bear and three other tree stand accidents, along with and three accidental shootings.

On Sept. 9, a teenager mistook his 21-year-old hunting companion for game and shot him three times, the report said, placing one shot in the victim’s left shoulder, one shot in upper left leg and one shot in right leg above knee.

On Nov. 24, a 74-year-old man stumbled and fell while hunting in Glynn County, discharging a shotgun and injuring his toes and part of his foot.

On Oct. 22, a 41-year-old hunter was shot in the chest and arm while deer hunting in Murrqay County. The shooter was not found.

The bear incident occurred Oct. 1 in Clinch County, where a 54-year-old hunter shot the bear three times, after which it attacked him. A companion killed the bear but the first hunter sustained injuries to his wrist.

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