AR-News: Three articles about hunting accidents
Peg Leg Bates
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Mon Oct 6 23:48:55 EDT 2003
Man dies after hunting camp argument
CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A Cody-area man died after he was shot during a hunting camp argument over who would kill the first elk, authorities said.
Marty Buffington, 46, was shot in the knee Thursday and bled to death, the Park County Sheriff's Office said.
The case remained under investigation and charges could be filed soon, Sheriff Dave Doyle said.
The shooting occurred in a remote part of the county near Hoodoo Creek, just east of Yellowstone National Park in the Crandall area.
''There were three men in a hunting camp and they'd been out hunting and an argument broke out over the elk hunting and who was going to shoot the first elk,'' Doyle told Casper's KTWO-TV on Friday.
''It progressed through the day and when they got back to camp, two of the members of the party became involved in a physical confrontation and from there a shot was fired. One subject was shot in the knee and it severed an artery.''
Authorities were not notified until Buffington's companions hiked out of the mountains Friday morning.
The names of the companions were not released.
The body was to be flown to the State Crime Lab in Cheyenne over the weekend.
Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the altercation, Doyle said.
October 6, 2003
Hunting Fatality Investigated
By Cathryn Stephens
Cottage Grove -
Lane County Sheriff's detectives are continuing their investigation of a fatal hunting accident over the weekend. Neither hunter was wearing blaze orange, something that could have prevented the tragedy. Now 29-year old Curtis Hausotter could face charges for shooting and killing his best friend.
It was foggy Saturday morning when the shooting happened, just before eight o'clock.
"The person who did the shooting thought they were shooting a deer and shot a person," said Dep. Pat O'Neil, with LCSO.
Sheriff's officials say 29-year-old Jason Matthew Roe, of Cottage Grove died when his friend accidently shot him behind his home off of London Road. Neither of the men were wearing safety orange.
"I don't feel that you need the state telling you not to be stupid. You should know on your own and hopefully we can get that message across by education," said Carl McGlothin, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hunter safety instructor.
McGlothin has been teaching hunter safety classes for 24-years. Most states require hunters to wear blaze orange clothing during deer season, but not Oegon.
"There was a serious proposal last year that would require every person in any rural setting to wear hunter orange at any time a hunting season was on," said McGlothin
That legislation didn't pass, but he says for hunters it just makes sense. "And if you just pay attention and want to be safe you'll do it," he said.
Hunting safety experts say while many hunters prefer to wear camoflage, deer can't see the color blaze orange. Since 1963, when a hunter safety course became a requirement to get a hunting license in Oregon, hunting fatalities dropped rom 30 or 40 to four or five per year.
St. Mary hunting accident kills man, 19
October 6, 2003
LAFAYETTE - A St. Martin Parish man died Saturday when he was accidentally shot by a member of his hunting party, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said.
St. Mary Sheriff David Naquin said Monday that his office received a call at 4:23 p.m. Saturday about a hunting accident that occurred on Avoca Island. Naquin said that Jacob Gros, 19, of 1026 Tower Tank Road in Stephensville was hunting on Avoca Island when he was accidentally shot by one of the individuals in his group.
The name of the person who shot Gros was not released.
Gros was shot in the chest, Naquin said.
The St. Mary Parish Coroner's Office was contacted and is conducting an investigation.
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