Hunter Shot In McPherson County
KSAL Staff - Sat 08:37 PM 09/01/2012
A hunter is shot on the opening day of dove season Saturday in McPherson County.
According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, authorities are investigating a hunting incident that occurred early Saturday morning in southern McPherson County. A male hunter was injured, and transported to a Wichita hospital.
The incident is still under investigation, but appears to be an accident.
Preliminary reports indicate that the male hunter was shot in the face, and upper torso region, by another member of his hunting party. The hunter's injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Kansas Game Warden Hal Kaina says that anytime a person receives a shotgun blast to the face he considers it a serious incident, with a high potential for a negative outcome. He advises that most bird hunting accidents occur while swinging a shotgun on game without properly identifying what is located behind your intended target.
The department will be bringing in their hunting accident investigation unit to work with local wardens to complete the investigation.
Kaina added that hunting is generally considered a safe recreational activity but care should always be taken in the field around other hunters. Hunters should be aware of their surroundings and where they are pointing their firearms at all times.
Saturday was the opening weekend for the 2012 dove season in Kansas.