A 17-year-old youth who was shot in the upper leg by a
hunting companion while spotlighting for deer near Orepuki,
southeast of Tuatapere, early on Monday was discharged from
Detective Dougall Henderson, of Invercargill, said the youth
was in a group of five, all aged 17 or 18, hunting on a farm
which belonged to the parents of one of the boys.
"He was shot in the upper leg and the bullet lodged in his
pelvis. He was operated on yesterday [Tuesday] and discharged
from hospital today [Wednesday]." Det Henderson said the
matter was under investigation and some witnesses were yet to
He declined to elaborate further on the incident, except to
say police did not think alcohol was involved.
Charges were likely, but he was unsure at this stage how many
people might be charged in relation to the incident, he said.
Traditionally, there was an increase in deer hunting activity
at this time of year, Det Henderson said. The incident was a
timely reminder for hunters to ensure they followed the seven
basic rules of firearms safety, he said.
They should treat every firearm as loaded; always point
firearms in a safe direction; load a firearm only when ready
to fire; identify their target beyond doubt; check the firing
zone; store firearms and ammunition safely; and avoid alcohol
or drugs when handling firearms.