Man Injured in Quail-Hunting Accident
By Gerard MacCrossan
The Daily Times
Published December 23, 2003
WEST KERR COUNTY - A Round Rock man became the first
hunter to suffer a shooting accident this season in Kerr County when he was
struck in the back by the spray from a shotgun shell at about 1 p.m. Monday.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Mark Chapa said
40-year-old Russell Waters was quail-hunting with four other men at a ranch
along the west end of Texas 41 in West Kerr County when the accident
According to Chapa, four of the men were shooting at the
birds early Monday afternoon when one of them, Mark Kellerman of Round Rock,
rounded on the quail and shot his brother-in-law in the back. Waters was
taken by medical helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio where he
was reportedly standing up and seemed to be fine, Chapa said.
A hospital spokesman said late Wednesday afternoon that
Waters was still in the emergency center in stable but guarded condition.
Following his investigation, Chapa said the other men gave
statements to responding officers from Kerr County Sheriff's office. Their
statements were consistent, he said, and would "more than likely" lead to
the shooting being recorded as a hunting accident.
Waters was reported to have been about 20 yards from
Kellerman and was wearing an orange hunting shirt that did not offer heavy
protection when he was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with no. 8 shot.
Waters was hit in an area from about the middle of his
back to his shoulder.
"It was pretty dense, probably about the size of a dinner
plate," Chapa said.
The injured man was struck with shot typically used for
quail and dove hunting, Chapa said. If the men had been deer hunting, the
incident could have been much worse, he said.
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