Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Five-year-old shot while turkey hunting

Photo by Maslowski/NWTF

A 5-year-old Wisconsin boy was injured by shotgun pellets Sunday during a turkey-hunting incident.

The unidentified youngster was hit in the head, chest, arm and thigh after being shot by another hunter. He was hospitalized, but authorities say his injuries weren’t life-threatening.

He was hunting with his father when the incident occurred. A sheriff’s deputy said another hunter mistook the boy for a turkey and fired from 40 to 50 yards away.

The complete story is here, in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Unfortunate though it was, the boy’s shooting should serve as a cautionary tale to West Virginia’s hunters, whose spring gobbler season opens next week. Be careful out there, folks.