We continue to see people more, and more people shot while turkey hunting. I write stories every week on this tragedy. I want to write this one a little differently.
Imagine being the guy that shot this kid. Put yourself in his shoes right now. You just shot a 7-year-old family friend because of your lack of judgment while hunting. How bad do you think he feels? The next time you go hunting, remember this story out of West Virginia and remind yourself to be sure of your target before you shoot.
Here is the press release from the West Virginia Natural Resources police. It tells what happened and gives pictures of the shot taken.
On Tuesday April 28th, District Four Officers responded to a remote area of Camp Creek State Park for a reported hunting incident. Upon arrival Officers discovered a 7 year old Mercer County youth and his 20 year old brother both sustaining gunshot wounds. The brothers were hunting a section of Camp Creek that borders some private property and encountered a family acquaintance hunting the same area. On a heavily forested ridge mixed with White Oaks and Pines, the acquaintance mistook movement of the boys as a turkey and fired at the brothers. The 7 year old was Airlifted to CAMC where his is recovering in stable condition, his brother was treated at the scene. The shooter assisted in the first aid and rescue of the boys and has been cooperative during the investigation. There are four main causes of hunting incidents that we teach in HUNTER EDUCATION. The first is Hunter Judgement Mistakes. Not identifying your target from “tip to tail” can lead to situations just as this one. The excitement of the hunt, poor visual conditions and the hunter not following proper shooting guidelines can turn an enjoyable day a field into a tragedy. The WV DNR asks that you please make safety your first concern while outdoors, your wellbeing and the wellbeing of the ones you love depend on it.