Safety First Cannot be Preached Enough

Posted by admin On November - 10 - 2011

It’s unfortunate to come across news about an accident in the woods that could have been avoided simply by being precautious.

Take, for example, the news from Albany, Vermont, that was recently reported. A group of hunters who were in the woods after bear ended up having to call 911 and one was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

According to reports, a 58-year-old hunter from Wolcott, Vt., was shot in the abdomen and is being treated for his injuries at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical center. The accident happened when an Albany man fired two shots at a bear.

The first shot struck the animal and it took off through the woods. When the man fired the second shot, it apparently missed and struck the other hunter, who was about 100 yards away.

Police are investigating the incident.

From the time we first pick up a firearm we are told to always be aware of what you are shooting at and what is beyond and around that target. This incident is a prime example of what can happen when hunters lose awareness and fire reckless shots.

Always be aware of your surroundings and where your fellow hunters are while out in groups. And, of course, verify what you are shooting at before pulling the trigger in any hunting situation.

Thankfully this incident was not a fatal one, but it could easily have been.

Safety must be the first priority whenever on a hunt. Quite simply, lives depend on it.

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