Minnesota Hunting Accidents, 1997

Minnesota Hunting Accidents, 1997, compiled by the DNR's Division of Enforcement:

Shooter's Information:
Age: 17
Firearm: Shotgun
Action: Semi-auto
Animal: Duck or geese
County: Wright
Victim's Information:
Age: 17
Casualty: Fatal
Self-Inflicted: No
Narrative: Shooter and victim hunting ducks along edge of pond when duck flew in. Shooter was firing at the duck when victim stood up. Victim was shot in the chest.

Shooter's Information:
Age: 18
Firearm: Shotgun
Action: Slide
Animal: Grouse
County: Red Lake
Victim's Information:
Age: 17
Casualty: Nonfatal
Self-Inflicted: No
Narrative: Hunters walking down old railroad bed to field. Bird jumped in brush. Both hunters attempted to shoot. One misfired and hit victim in right forearm.

Shooter's Information:
Age: 15
Firearm: Shotgun
Action: Slide
Animal: Duck
County: Rice
Victim's Information:
Age: 15
Casualty: Nonfatal
Self-Inflicted: No
Narrative: Shooter walking behind victim. Shooter believes fainted/passed out. Shooter fell and shotgun discharged hitting victim.

Shooter's Information:
Age: 28
Firearm: Shotgun
Action: Slide
Animal: Duck or geese
County: Kandiyohi
Victim's Information:
Age: 28
Casualty: Nonfatal
Self-Inflicted: Yes
Narrative: Shooter thought gun was on safe. Shooter reached down to pick up a duck when shotgun went off. Victim was shot in left arm.

Shooter's Information:
Age: 48
Firearm: Shotgun
Action: Slide
Animal: Grouse
County: St. Louis
Victim's Information:
Age: 26
Casualty: Nonfatal
Self-Inflicted: No
Narrative: Party of three. Shooter in middle. Bird flew to shooter's
left. Shooter did not see victim to his left.

Shooter's Information:
Age: 14
Firearm: Large-bore rifle
Action: Bolt
Animal: Deer
County: Red Lake
Victim's Information:
Age: 14
Casualty: Nonfatal
Self-Inflicted: No
Narrative: Shooter was in pickup box unloading rifle. Rifle discharged going through walls of truck and striking victim.

 
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