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Laura Ryder, Hunter Education: (603) 271-3214
November 8, 2006

Man Injured in Hunting-related Shooting Incident

CONCORD, N.H. -- An early morning hunting-related shooting incident involving members of the same hunting party left one man injured on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, the opening day of firearm deer season in New Hampshire. The incident took place off of Deer Meadow Road on the Concord-Webster town line.

The injured man was able to walk out of the woods with the assistance of Concord Police and Fire Department personnel who responded to the incident after a 911 call was received at 7:30 a.m. this morning. The injured man has been transported to Concord Hospital.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is investigating the incident. Further details will be released after they are confirmed.

Laura Ryder, who supervises Hunter Education programs at Fish and Game, noted that over 95% of hunting incidents in New Hampshire occur between hunters. Overall, the state has an excellent record of hunter safety. The average number of hunting-related incidents per year has gone down each decade since mandatory hunter education classes became required in the 1960s. (In the 1960s, there was an average of 21.4 incidents per year in New Hampshire; that has progressively been lower each decade to an average of 3.3 incidents per year since 2000.) Serious incidents are even more rare -- only two hunting-related fatalities have occurred in the state in the last 13 years.

"This incident underscores the need for all hunters to be cautious, wear an article of blaze orange clothing and follow the ten commandments of shooting safety at all times," said Capt. Martin Garabedian of Fish and Game Law Enforcement.

The "Ten Commandments of Shooting Safety" are as follows:

  • Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm.
  • Control the direction of your firearm's muzzle.
  • Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.
  • Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  • Unload firearms when not in use.
  • Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
  • Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm.
  • Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or at water.
  • Store firearms and ammunition separately.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before or while shooting.

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