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Hunter takes bullet meant for boar

The Local · 19 Nov 2009, 08:43

Published: 19 Nov 2009 08:43 GMT+01:00

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The ageing hunter was standing in line with four other men when he was hit by a bullet meant for a wild boar near Imsweiler in Donnersbergkreis county.

The police believe another 61-year-old hunter fired a first shot as the pig was running across an open field.

"Apparently he fired his weapon again as the animal was fleeing into the forest," a police statement said. "But he hit the other hunter who was standing around 80 metres away."

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The injured hunter died at the scene. Police have opened a criminal investigation.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

10:16 November 19, 2009 by Portnoy
Allow me to look up the definition of 'schadenfreude'.
11:11 November 19, 2009 by The-ex-pat
As the holder of a Jagdschein, I can tell you that the attitude of the rest of the party will be, the dead hunter was standing in the wrong place. Nothing more self important that a German with a hunting licence. As an ex-serviceman, I find weapon safety amongst these people frightening. In fact so frightening I am the holder of a very dusty Jagdschein!
05:28 November 20, 2009 by Californian
Know your target and what is beyond.

Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.

I was taught this around the age of 10, when learning to shoot a .22cal Ruger 10/22.

Stupid mistake by the "veteran" 61 year old hunter.
09:10 November 20, 2009 by victor laslo
Oh you are soooooo right Mr ex-pat,what we need is a bunch of U.S marines in dem there woods to show those Krauts how to lock and load and shoot.
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