from C.A.S.H. Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting

CO: Hunting accident blinds Longmont man

June 15, 2017


Tom Essig lost his vision after a buckshot impacted his face, throat and chest in a turkey hunting accident on April 21.

Tom and his close friend were turkey hunting in Custer County, NE when they separated for a short time.

A turkey appeared between the pair, and Essig heard a shotgun blast. He was hit by the dispersal of BBs and pellets.

Essig underwent major surgery that left a long, hook-shaped scar across the front of his neck where a BB partially penetrated the wall of the carotid artery, which supplies blood to the brain and neck.

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