I have never liked the idea of hiding behind a turkey fan while trying to sneak up on a turkey. I always thought it was just an accident waiting to happen. It was only a matter of time before someone gets shot and it only took until Kansas’s opening day for it to happen.
According to the Joplin Globe, the man who fired the gun told sheriff’s deputies that he was dropped off at the property by the other two about dawn. His brother and friend wished to hunt at a different spot and drove on to that location.
The brother and friend eventually set up just inside a wooded area, wearing camouflage and lying behind a fan made of turkey feathers.
The man said that he fired his 12-gauge shotgun about 8:40 a.m. at what he thought was a turkey that he had been “calling in.” He told deputies that he then realized almost immediately that his brother and friend must have been hunting the same turkey and that he had shot them.
The two injured hunters were transported to a hospital in Girard with potentially life-threatening shotgun wounds to their faces and upper bodies. They later were flown by medical helicopter to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.
The investigation has yet to determine the distance at which the shot was fired, the sheriff said. He also did not know whether an actual turkey was in the area that both parties were hearing or if they simply were “calling in” each other.
Be safe out there everyone, and let’s hope these two make a speedy recovery.
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