A New Hampshire hunter was penalized for a freak accident
in which his shotgun pellet ricocheted off a frozen tree and struck
a nearby hunter. He was forthright about the incident, but did he
deserve a penalty? Such outcomes can have a chilling effect on other
incidents in which people would otherwise come forward. This very
thing once happened to our hunting group.
A pellet glanced off a frozen tree and struck a fellow hunter on
the wrist. It was just one of those things that can happen in a
thick stand of trees and brush. Almost nothing we could have done
differently could have prevented it. (We all wore hunter orange and
were doing our best to maintain a straight line).
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