The duck shooting season has claimed its first hunting
Police and ambulance were notified just before 11.30am of a
44-year-old man, hunting in an area north of Masterton, being
hit by pellets from the gun of someone else in his hunting
A central police communications spokesman said the man had
hurt his elbow in the incident.
"It looks like one of the people in the group, the blast of a
shotgun has connected with the side of his elbow."
The caller who alerted emergency services to the incident
said it was an accident.
It was not clear how far away the two men were, "but if you
take precautions you shouldn't accidentally shoot anyone",
the spokesman said.
Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman Daniel Paul said the
injury was "pretty serious."
The man was being flown to Wellington Regional Hospital by
helicopter. He was hunting in Bideford, he said.
Nicole McKee, Firearms & Hunter safety programme manager
at the Mountain Safety Council (MSC), said shooters had to be
vigilant about safety precautions.
"Duck hunters need to ensure that their firing zone is always
checked before they pull the trigger.
"They need to look at the area between them and their target,
as well as beyond their target."
Today is the first day of the duck shooting season, which
lasts 4-8 weeks, depending on the region.
In the lead up to the season, both police and the MSC stepped
up publicity around safety shooting practises.
- By Teuila Fuatai of APNZ