In some states, not just California, turkey hunting is in full swing. It seems like elk or deer hunting in some form is in season. Remember you can bow hunt, rifle hunt or just old fashioned black powder hunt. According to the National Safety Council, hunting is a safe activity but there are still injuries if one is not safe. In most states if you are involved in a firearms-related hunting accident and do not render immediate aid of some sort, you may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. According to the Missouri (not California) Department of Conservation there were six nonfatal turkey hunting injuries in 2010. Here is a very general overview of the aforementioned hunting injuries due to an accident.
On April 10, 2010, a young boy was calling turkey’s and he heard a crunching sound in the bushes and shot at what he thought was a turkey. It was actually another hunter that was stocking his turkey call. The injured hunter was hit with 30 pellets some of which hit some internal organs. Make sure you have a clear view of the turkey before shooting.
On April 11, 2010, a teenage hunter did not wait for his fellow hunter to join him and set up a blind and started calling turkeys. Again like the other injury accident this young boy heard a noise and shot his friend in the face and chest (this was not a fatal accident).
On April 19, 2010, a young boy and his dad were hunting and saw two Jakes come into range. The boy shot one and immediately jumped up and ran toward the turkey while his father was shooting at the other Jake. The boy suffered injuries including the removal of a half inch of his ear.
The next hunting accident should be titled as follows. ”FATHER-IN-LAW SHOOTS SON-IN-LAW MULTIPLE TIMES THINKING HE IS A TURKEY.” On April 21, 2010, a man dropped off his son-in-law to retrieve a hunting blind. The man continued to hunt in the area while the son-in-law retrieved the blind. Sure enough while carrying the blind back to their hunting spot the father-in-law mistook the son-in-law for a turkey and shot him. The son-in-law was injured and began to run away from the shooting. The father-in-law shot at him again and again apparently mistaking him for a turkey. Hmm, father-in-law telling police that he “accidentally” shot son-in-law (a number of times) thinking he was a turkey? No comment about that hunting accident and injury. I wonder if a personal injury lawyer was hired to handle that hunting accident?
On April 29, 2010, a man saw another hunter’s decoy and injured the hunter. He shot at the decoy hitting the other hunter in the bicep, chest and eye, injuring him. The personal injuries were not fatal. Another avoidable hunting accident.
Finally on May 4, 2010, a hunter on public land saw two turkeys walking into the woods. As he crept toward the turkeys he fired and hit a boy walking down a service road severely injuring him. The boy suffered gun shot wounds to the temple, neck, tongue and mouth. I wonder if a personal injury lawyer was hired for that accident?
A few hunting safety tips are important to remember to avoid injuries while hunting turkey, deer, elk, bear etc. If you follow these rules the odds of someone being personally injured and having to hire a personal injury lawyer or personal injury attorney are low.
1. Make sure you know what your target is before you shoot. This will avoid hunting accidents. 2. Make sure your gun is in good working order so you do not accidentally shoot and injure another hunter. 3. Wear a harness if you are in a tree stand to prevent a hunting accident or injury. 4. Always obtain permission from private land owners before hunting and stay away from houses, roads or livestock so nobody or no farm animal gets killed or injured. 5. If you only injure an animal search for it to see if it died. 6. Always clean your gun to prevent misfires or jamming to avoid injuries. 6. Report hunters acting improper to prevent injuries. 7. If you are involved in a firearm or hunting accident or injury help the person out and call an ambulance or fire department as soon as possible to prevent the injured hunter or person from suffering further injuries. 8. Know and obey all the firearm, hunting and wildlife laws of the state you are in such as California. Remember there are laws in each city, county and state about hunting. I assume Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Auburn, Fairfield, Newport Beach, Santa Clara, Chico, Oroville, Redding, Orange County, Vacaville, Susanvillle, Truckee, Folsom, Fresno, Tahoe and many others have laws about hunting. 9. When using a camouflage blind others will not be able to see you if you are not wearing hunter orange. You may be shot and injured accidentally by another hunter so be aware of your surroundings.
Hopefully you do not need to hire a personal injury lawyer like Penney and Associates (also improperly spelled Penny and Associates or Penney Lawyer or Penny Lawyer) for a hunting accident. Always remember safety comes first.
Fred Penney is the managing attorney of Penney and Associates, personal injury lawyers. Penney and Associates has offices located throughout the State of California including but not limited to Chico, Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Newport Beach and Santa Clara. Penney and Associates also has numerous satellite offices in California including but not limited to Fairfield, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield, Riverside etc. Some information for this article was obtained from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Safety Council.