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Carelessness helps give hunting a bad reputation

December 24, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

About 25 years ago, Ruth and

I took a hunter safety course at

the Elkins Operation Center.

The conservation officer in

charge emphasized a good case

in point when the class was

about to adjourn. He said that if

you miss that big buck or turkey,

you will be able to live that

down in due time; but if you

shoot yourself or someone else

because of a small fraction of a

second of carelessness, you will

live with that for the rest of your

life. This is a very hard reality.

While there were no fatalities

in District 3 due to careless

shooting during the 2010 twoweek

buck gun season, there

were a few non-fatal shooting

mishaps. One such incident took

place in Doddridge County near

the St. Clara Community on the

opening day of buck season

Nov. 22.

A 30-year-old resident of

Salem was hunting on the posted

family acreage. According to a

magistrate report, at about 7:30

a.m., the hunter who was wearing

the correct amount of blaze

orange was shot in the left hip

and the bullet exited through the

buttocks. The shooter was a 37-

year-old male from Fairmont

who did not have written permission

to hunt or trespass on

this acreage, according to the report.

The victim had to be airlifted

by Health Net to Ruby

Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

There are several charges

being filed against the shooter.

These include: Shooting at game

not plainly visible, not wearing

sufficient blaze orange, hunting

without written permission on

posted land, negligent shooting

resulting in the wounding of another

person, and being a person

prohibited from possessing a

firearm because of a past domestic

battery conviction. All of

these charges are misdemeanors,

with the most serious being the

wounding of another person and

being prohibited from possessing


According to magistrate report,

the shooter was using a

rifle chambered for the .270

Winchester. This is a high-intensity

cartridge with ballistics

similar to the .30-06 Springfield.

Fortunately for the victim,

there was no internal injuries or

bone damage, according to a

representative from the DNR.

From the information I have

been able to gather, the victim is

now out of the hospital.

The shooter is now out on

$12,000 bond, but is due to appear

in magistrate court in Doddridge

County on Dec. 29.

It is incidents like this that

give sport hunting a bad reputation.

The members of CASH

(Citizens to Abolish Sport Hunting)

will undoubtedly use this to

promote their cause. I am going

to try to keep up with the outcome

of this case.



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