A 22-year-old man is dead following a hunting accident in the Osgoode-area.
A 911 call came in at about 7 p.m. last night and apparently the man shot himself accidently. My condolence to the family at this extremely difficult time.
Although hunting is generally considered a safe sport compared to many, accidents do occurs and hunters are reminded to be diligent whenever a firearm is in use.
Our hunt gang prides itself on safety. We are always cautious and aware when handling a rifle a hunting situation. No shell can be chambered in presence of any other hunter and gun cases are always used in accordance with the law.
I also understand how easily an accident can happen. One time 20 years ago, our hunting partner had just taken his first buck and I was first to arrive on the scene. At the time, he was so filled with adrenaline hadn’t realized that his rifle was still loaded and cocked, and he was waving it all around.
I took his firearm from him right away, unloaded it and placed it safely at a dry spot on the ground. Nothing bad happened that day, but even a split second indiscretion can be deadly.
Good luck out there this fall and please make sure to have a safe and productive hunting season.
Again, my sincere condolences to the family involved in this terrible hunting accident in Osgoode.
I just received this Press Release from the Mayo Clinic and thought I’d share it.
There are some good tips in there!
Keeping Hunters Out of the Hospital: Mayo Expert Offers Tips for a Safe Hunting Season
Errant gunshots are an obvious health risk during fall hunting season, but a range of other dangers also can send hunters to the hospital or worse: heart attacks, injured backs and broken bones are among the most common medical emergencies. Emergency medicine physician Eric Grube, D.O.,of the Mayo Clinic Health System (http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/) in La Crosse offers several tips for a safe hunting season.
“I am a hunter and always need to remind myself to lead by example when I’m in the woods,” Dr. Grube says. “Hunting can be a fun sport for all to enjoy. But we need to make sure that fun isn’t spoiled by some unfortunate accident.”
Hunters should make sure they are properly educated about their surroundings. They also should be diligent with safety precautions, wear clothing suitable for hunting and for the weather, stay level headed, and always alert other hunters to their presence, he says.
Other tips from Dr. Grube:
*Watch for heart attack warning signs. One study of middle-aged male deer hunters found that the activities inherent to hunting — walking over rough terrain, shooting an animal and dragging its carcass, for example — sent their heart rates up significantly. Although opinion varies, many doctors caution that exercising at more than 85 percent of a person’s maximum heart rate increases the risk of heart attack. Hunters unaccustomed to the strenuous hikes involved should take several breaks to rest, Dr. Grube says.
*Falls tend to be the most common cause of injuries, and often happen when a hunter is up a tree and startled by animals there. Pay attention to your surroundings at all times.
*Always check equipment and stands and use safety belts to prevent falls. Permanent tree stands are more likely to deteriorate and should be avoided. The average fall from a tree stand is about 15 feet. Injuries suffered from those heights can cause broken bones, paralysis, or even death.
*Let family members know where you’ll be hunting and take two-way radios or loud whistles along in case help is needed. A surprisingly large number of hunting accidents occur between family members and friends who have
gone out together, but do not remember or know where their party has gone, Dr. Grube says.
*Learn some basic first aid before heading to the woods, including how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or hands-only CPR, which consists of chest compressions, should a hunting partner have a heart attack.
Dr. Grube notes four basic rules of firearm safety from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (http://dnr.wi.gov/) known as TAB-K: Treat every firearm as if it is loaded, always point the muzzle in a safe direction, be certain of your target and what’s beyond it, and keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
For example, if a hunter stumbles with a firearm in one hand and nothing in the other, whatever that person does with the free hand will automatically happen with the hand holding the gun, the agency notes. So if a finger is inside the trigger guard, that hand will likely close around the pistol grip of the gun and on the trigger causing an unwanted discharge.