This is a discussion on Hunter shoots self within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; NH hunter shot while using rope to hoist rifle - Yahoo! News OSSIPEE, N.H. – A New Hampshire deer hunter has accidentally shot himself in ...
NH hunter shot while using rope to hoist rifle - Yahoo! News
OSSIPEE, N.H. – A New Hampshire deer hunter has accidentally shot himself in the right hand while trying to lift his loaded rifle into a tree stand using a rope tied around the weapon.
A state conservation officer says a branch or stick apparently got stuck in the trigger of Robert Lapointe's .50-caliber muzzleloader, setting it off at around 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
Mark Hensel of the state Fish and Game Department says the 63-year-old from Somersworth was hunting in Ossipee (AH'-sih-pee) on the first day of muzzleloader deer season.
Hensel says Lapointe has been taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. A nursing supervisor there says he's being evaluated.
Hensel says Lapointe is expected to survive, but "shouldn't have been doing what he did."
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Should have decapped.
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You have to wonder what this man was thinking or not thinking.
As kids, we could not even cross a fence with a round in the chamber. Our dad wouldn't even let us lay the gun on the ground and reach through the fence to get it. If we had been deer hunters, I presume he would have made us field strip the rifle before taking it up a tree. Of course, we have managed to avoid shooting ourselves or each other over the past sixty years.
Just glad that the hunter is not badly hurt and it could have been worse.
Modern gun deer season is two weeks away here in the Natural State, and similar headlines and incidents will be appearing here. They always do.
The crazy part is all muzzleloaders I've seen are single action. Se besides leaving the primer in...he had the hammer back too!! He needed shootin'.
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Definitely not smart.
The problem with some people is that they don't realize that they have to be smarter than the gun.
When they arent...bad things can happen.
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How did he live to be 63?
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How to properly employ a 'haul line' as toward hoisting up a firearm into a tree stand...
Source - http://mdc.mo.gov/news/out/archive/arc9-2007.html
...Not the direction of the barrel as aimed toward the _ground_ (!).
Further when hauling a firearm up into a stand it must be done as _unloaded_.
With a muzzleloader in specific when it's primer is not attached to the nipple it is then deemed to be as in unloaded condition.
Had this guy not attempted to haul up a loaded firearm and/or had the barrel aimed in a safe directions, as at th ground below him!, then there would have been no way to shoot himself through the hand...which with .50 cal projectile is likely an injury that will eliminate future use of that hand, and end his hunting career.
Think safe. Act safe. Be safe.
Yup, can hear it now: "You right handed", "Yup", "Not anymore".
I Always have my gun slung on my back, when I go up the tree & I face the tree, But will pull my bow up ; )
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I wouldn't want to land on a rifle after a fall - it's harder than the ground and has stuff sticking out that'll increase severity of injuries. Even being slung it can easily make self-rescue when you're half on/off your ladder/tree extremely difficult. Adding insult to injury, you'll screw up your rifle, scope, or both.