With simple safety principles being followed these freak accidents could be avoided.
Abird hunter has been shot by his dogwhen itstepped on a 12-gauge shotgun lying on the ground.William Rancourt, 36, was hunting with three others when the hunting dog stood on the gun’s trigger guard, causing it to discharge.
The bird shot pellets reportedly struck Mr Rancourt in the back from 20 metres away, at about 1.20pm on Wednesday.
“Long story short, it was really a freak accident,” DNR conservation officer Ken Lonneman told Radio.
“One of the hunters in the hunting party set his gun down on the ground, and one of the dogs in the hunting party just stepped just right, or just wrong, onto the trigger guard of that shotgun, and the gun fired.”
Mr Rancourt was taken to the hospital and received non life-threatening injuries.
Officer Lonneman said the hunter was lucky he wasn’t standing closer to the dog when the gunshots went off, as he caught most of the shot pattern in his back from his waist up to his neck.
In a statement the DNR said it “reminds hunters to unload your firearm and be sure the safety mechanism is in place before setting it down”.