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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 occurred.

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.

Gerard MacCrossan may be reached at [email protected] .

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