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Teen Killed in Hunting Accident

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Cougfan2, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I saw this on Koin.com this morning and it it so sad. There's just no excuse for something like this happening. It makes me sad and angry at the same time. There is no reason this kid should have died.

    GRAND RONDE, Ore. - A 15-year-old Salem boy was shot and killed in a Sunday morning hunting accident.
    Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree says the accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, about three miles north of Grand Ronde hear Highway 22. Apparently, the boy's uncle mistook him for an elk.

    It was a family hunting outing. Crabtree says the boy, his father, sister and the uncle who killed him were hunting near the 59000 block of Highway 22, "In an area where the party had seen elk earlier." The boy was wearing camouflage clothing, and the uncle , according to Crabtree, "fired through heavy brush."


    I am normally not for any more govt. interference in people's lives and activities than necessary, but I wish Oregon would start mandating Hunter Orange clothing during big game firearms season. Not saying that would have prevented this accident, but it might have. I can't imagine being the Uncle having to live with the thought of killing his Nephew for the rest of his life.
     
  2. jasparseed1@yahoo.com

    jasparseed1@yahoo.com Lebanon Member

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    The uncle will never get over that, I have always wondered how someone take another person for an animal and then can shoot without id. but it dosn't change the gravity of the situation......
     
  3. Thats why even when wearing my orange, I try to avoid other hunters. If I happen apon one I use it as an opportunity to practice my ninja skills and wait till they pass by.
     
  4. Logical1

    Logical1 southeast portland, OR Member

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    Another hunter who didnt identify the target and or maybe what lies beyond it. I hunt and I have two boys that 8 and 10 and I take them. It is imperative that the orange is on all over. Also noting that may not have preventing this accident but Im pretty sure had the uncle taken the time to indentify the animal first this tragic accident may have gone undone. Its the whole buck fever thing. I know I have been there, you hear something about 30 -40 yards out and see motion thru the sticks. You think this is the only chance your gonna have and pull the trigger. I feel really bad for the dad and his brother (the uncle) and prey that the family will stay strong and not let this tear them apart. And god rest that young boys soul.
     
  5. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    its sad, but why didnt the uncle identify his target before fireing?
    +1 to logical
     
  6. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    This is sad and tragic and it should not have happened. I have not seen many 15 year olds that look like elk. Now comes to me and my critical thinking. I have seen many times that these were not accidents just reported as so. I not saying this is the case here. I hope in Gods name it was an accident and I have seen many people shooting and hunting who need to take some sore of classes where they can improve skills. I would not want to carry this burden for the rest of my life and can't imagine the emotional effects it will have on him and everybody around him.

    Scott
     
  7. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    i feel really bad for the kids family, and him for that matter. It reminds me of someone i knew telling me a story of his father in law wanting to take him hunting.

    The father in law did not like him so he was happy that he was finally trying to bond with him and spend some time with him. they hung out for a few weeks before they were supposed to go hunting. Everything was going great. So he shows up on the day they are supposed to go hunting, and his father in law hands him a one piece brown jump suit to wear for the trip. He decided he didn't feel good and didn't go.
     
  8. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    The uncle at minimum needs to lose his hunting rights for life. No excuse for shooting at anything without positivly identifying the target.
     
  9. ronstone09

    ronstone09 portland, oregon New Member

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    A friend of mines son was the sheriff deputy that responded to the shooting and it wasn't pretty !! The uncle had a cow tag and shot without identifying his target ! The results will never be over for that family because of a terrible mistake of not identifying your target before pulling the trigger !!
     
  10. doobee8

    doobee8 Salem, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This type of tragedy happens every year. My prayers are with the family. Maybe they should mandate minor children wear hunter orange? The Media should at least try to recap the last years accidents BEFORE hunting season starts and have fish and wildlife/state police urge hunters to be safe instead of just reporting and responding the accidents as they normally do.
     
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    56kninja Portland Member

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    People should be made liable in these cases. He could have reasonably prevented this and didn't.

    Some accidents can't be avoided however.. But he blindly fired at a target, and this was his fault.
     
  12. mobil1

    mobil1 Northwest Active Member

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    Being an uncle myself, Im not sure I could live knowing I killed my nephew. Especially if it could have been easily avoided.

    RIP
     
  13. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    It NEVER ceases to amaze me as to how many people shoot at a noise in the brush. I have lost game because I would not shoot until I could make a positive ID.
     
  14. Anoobie Knewberton 47

    Anoobie Knewberton 47 Oregon Member

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    Very sad story.


    I agree w/ this 100% Also it wouldn't be the worst idea for the media to warn hikers/campers of hunting seasons. Many people who don't hunt but are outdoors don't even know the chances they could be taking by not wearing orange.
     
  15. PMKN_PI

    PMKN_PI Milwaukie, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    The rules of engagement in Afghanistan should be in place for the hunters and the rules of engagement for hunters should be in place in Afghanistan. That would mean no dead hunter accidents and more dead Taliban. And the sad thing is, you know Im right.
     
  16. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I am going to contact my Oregon State Senator and see if he would be willing to sponsor a law requiring Hunter Orange in Oregon at least for minors. Where I grew up hunting in KS hunter orange was mandated as it was in MN when I lived there as well. We even wore hunter orange when we were walking to our duck blinds and just took it off and hid it after we got in the blind.

    I'm even willing to do a little leg work and find the specific regs in KS that mandate hunter orange to use as a working model. Does anyone know if there has ever been an attempt in Oregon to make hunter orange mandatory?
     
  17. Gunner69

    Gunner69 Hillsboro Member

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    This kid was one of my daughters classmates. she's damn shook up over the whole deal.
     
  18. Sawdust

    Sawdust Bull Mountain(Tigard), OR Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Horrific accident- yes. Completely avoidable- ABSOLUTELY!!

    Blaze orange aside, DO NOT SHOOT IF YOU ARE NOT CERTAIN OF WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO KILL!!

    My prayers are with his family. God rest his soul.
     
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    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    "ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET" hunter safety class rule number 2 or 3.......very very sad
     
  20. 56kninja

    56kninja Portland Member

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    That's just the rules of shooting, know your target, know what's behind your target.