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Local man injured in hunting accident
Mishap is second in a week in Bulloch
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A second hunting accident within one week in Bulloch County resulted in a man suffering from buckshot wounds to his arm and midsection, said Georgia Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Dave Sims.

Joseph Brown, 19, Baby Brown Road, was hunting Friday morning off Aaron Station Road near Portal when the accident occurred. He was hunting around 9 a.m. with the "Around the House" hunting club, and they were hunting with deer dogs, Sims said.

After interviewing witnesses and the 14-year-old male who fired the shot that injured Brown, it appears there were deer flushed by the dogs, and when the juvenile fired, somehow Brown was in his line of fire, he said.

The pellets that struck Brown entered his intestine. A fellow hunter took Brown to Candler County Hospital by private vehicle, and from there he was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Sims said.

Brown underwent surgery to remove the pellets and may be hospitalized for up to five days, he said.

Charges may be filed, as there is a possibility the men were hunting on the right of way near the roadway, where hunting is illegal, he said. The accident is still under investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources,

Saturday, a man was killed in a similar accident where a 15-year-old fired a shot that took the life of Mitchell Swint, 57, Ga. 46, Pembroke.

DNR Sgt. William Vickers said Swint had been struck in several areas of his body. The accident occurred at the Arcola Hunting Club near Railroad Bed and Robertson Roads in Brooklet.

The 14-year-old involved in Friday's shooting accident had taken the required hunter's safety course, and was hunting with a licensed adult over 21, Sims said.

The 15-year-old involved in the Brooklet accident has not taken the course, he said.

Both incidents remain under investigation, he said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.


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