In Lampasas County, a deer hunter propped a loaded rifle on his vehicle. It slipped, discharged and killed the man. In Lamar County, a 9-year-old took aim at a turkey vulture overhead, stumbled and fatally shot a 12-year-old companion. In Bexar County, a man shot at an opossum in the dark but hit and killed a friend standing in the line of fire.
Sad is the only word that truly fits a hunting accident.
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2012 Texas hunting accidents
• Nearly 3 of 4 incidents occurred during dove, deer or hog hunts
• 88 percent of the weapons were rifles or shotguns
• Alcohol or drugs were not cited as contributing factors
• 1 of 4 gunshot wounds was self-inflicted
• 36 percent of the shooters were 19 or younger
• 2 of 3 had not completed a hunter education course
• Safest hunter: over 50 using a bow or muzzleloader to hunt rabbits or turkey
In Colorado County, a duck hunter put a loaded shotgun on the ground and took a “a bathroom break.” A hunting dog stepped on the gun and it discharged, striking the hunter in the ankle.
In Johnson County, a dove hunter propped a loaded shotgun against a fence to “use the restroom.” A dog knocked over the gun, shooting the hunter in the leg.
A man hunting ducks illegally in Gillespie County hid his shotgun under the blind when he thought a game warden was coming. When he realized it was not a warden, he picked up the gun carelessly and it discharged, hitting him in the legs.