Sgt. Samuel Sprague: 603-352-9669
Liza Poinier: 603-271-3211
May 4, 2009
Sullivan, N.H. Man Injured in Hunting-related Shooting
CONCORD, N.H. - Josh Lazzaro, age 27, of Sullivan, was struck with bird shot this morning, Monday, May 4, 2009, in a hunting-related shooting incident, while turkey hunting in Sullivan with his brother. Scott Lazzaro, age 29, and Josh Lazzaro were both wearing full camouflage and were reportedly both shooting at the same turkey, without realizing they were in each others' line of fire. Josh Lazzaro was struck with several bird pellets in his upper body; his injuries are non-life-threatening. Family members took him to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene for treatment.
"This is a clear reminder for all hunters that you need to be 100% sure not only of your target, but of what's beyond it," said Sgt. Samuel Sprague.
The incident remains under investigation.
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Turkey Hunting Safety
- Never stalk a turkey. It rarely works and increases the risk of an accident.
- Never wear red, white or blue or black over- or under-clothing, because these are the prominent colors of displaying gobblers.
- Never call from a tree that is thinner than the width of your shoulders. Small trees won't hide slight movements of your hands or shoulders, which might look like a turkey to another hunter.
- Never jump or turn suddenly in response to a suspected turkey. When turkey hunting, assume that every sound you hear is made by another hunter.
- Never call from a site where you can't see at least 40 yards in all directions.
- Never imitate a gobbler call while concealed in a stand.
- Never presume that what you hear or what responds to your call is a turkey.
- Never think that your camouflage makes you totally invisible. To ID yourself to other hunters, wrap an orange band around a tree.
- Never hide so well that you can't see what's happening around you.
- Never move or wave to alert approaching hunters; shout "stop" instead.
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