Duck hunter accidentally shoots self in arm

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Otis Lake

RUTLAND TWP., Mich. – Michigan State Police tell FOX 17 that one person has been injured in a hunting accident.

A 911 call came into Barry County Dispatch just before 8:00am from two men who were duck hunting on Otis Lake.  They reported hearing a gunshot and a man’s voice yelling for help.   Michigan State Police, the Barry County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol boat and the Delton Fire Department responded and found the 28-year-old Shelbyville man standing in the lake next to his kayak with a serious gunshot wound to his forearm.  He told responders that he accidentally shot himself while getting out of his kayak and getting into his duck blind.

The man was taken by ambulance to a landing zone, where AeroMed flew him to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids for treatment.  Police say the man was conscious and alert.

Otis Lake is just east of the Barry State Game Area and the Yankee Springs State Recreation Area.


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  • Reggie V

    Wait, I am reading from other sources that he was in a canoe. How can this be a hunting accident if he was in a canoe? It isn’t legal to hunt from a boat.

  • Rory

    What is it with duck hunting? An idiot I used to work with told me that both his Father and Uncle accidentally killed themselves in SEPARATE duck hunting accidents. He still goes duck hunting.

    • An upset family member

      Ok, first of all, duck hunters are not all idiots. Second, this individual is one of the safest hunters I know. Third, from the recounts of the incident, he was in the water between his kayak and stand when he went to move the gun and it went off. Fourth, until you have been in the situation, DO NOT EVER JUDGE! This is my family, he’s safe, he’s not an idiot hunter and he knew what he was doing.

      • Budley Dooright

        >>>when he went to move the gun and it went off. >>>>

        First of all, guns don’t just “go-off”. Somebody pulls the trigger.
        Let’s be kind and chalk that one up to carelessness, and let it go at that.
        Second, there is a reason it is considered foolish to keep a round in the chamber…and this is it.

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