2 people hurt in separate hunting accidents in Kansas

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 11:32 AM CST
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Two people in Kansas were hurt in separate hunting accidents over two days.

The first incident involved pheasant hunting in Graham County. It happened on Dec. 9.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism reconstruction team, with the help of K-9 Creed, were able to find the location of shells and the wad from the shot-shell the victim was shot with.

KDWPT says a man was taken to the hospital in critical condition by a medical helicopter. The man's current condition is unknown.

In the second incident, the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office says Eagle Med transported a 71-year-old Park City man to a Wichita hospital following a reported accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon in Greenwood County.

The sheriff's office says at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, deputies, Greenwood County EMS and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism responded to the 200 block of F75 Road in rural Greenwood County in response to the shooting that happened while Eldon Dale Holsey was hunting.

Upon arrival, a deputy found Holsey with a gunshot wound to his left hand and forearm.

"A tourniquet and first aid were immediately rendered," the sheriff's office says.

It says the reported accidental shooting remains under investigation.

Despite the two reported hunting accidents happening within three days.

Greg Salisbury, a game warden in Ottawa County, says despite the recent events, accidental shootings in Kansas have actually decreased overall, thanks to hunter-safety education.

"Before, we were having maybe 10 or 12 fatalities every year and 50 or 60 hunting accidents," he says. "In this last year, we were down to less than half a dozen hunting accidents (and) no fatalities."

Accidents that do happen are often when a hunter is "swinging on game," moving his or her gun to stay locked in on a moving target.

Salisbury says to prevent accidents, hunters should make sure to wear bright orange gear, keep their barrel pointed in a safe direction (away from others) and not shoot at water or flat surfaces because shots can ricochet.

"When you're walking through a field, your action will be closed, safety will be on, finger is outside the trigger guard," Salisbury says of hunter-safety precautions.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim of the hunting accident that occurred in Greenwood County yesterday.

Posted by Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism - Game Wardens on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Our hunting accident reconstruction team deployed yesterday to reconstruct a pheasant hunting incident in Graham County....

Posted by Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism - Game Wardens on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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