Maine: Man Injured in Bird Hunting Accident

Man Injured In Bird Hunting Accident
October 4, 2011

WESTON, Maine – John Shaw of Danforth was seriously injured in a bird hunting accident Tuesday morning, according to the Maine Warden Service. 

Shaw, 35, suffered severe damage to his left leg when the shotgun being held by his uncle and hunting partner, Douglass Conklin, discharged unexpectedly shortly after 11 a.m. The two men were hunting ruffed grouse.

Conklin, 59, of Wingdale, N.Y, was in the passenger seat of the pickup truck when the two spotted a bird on a dirt logging road. Conklin exited the truck to load his 20-gauge shotgun, but as he loaded the gun, the firearm fired the shell in the chamber and injured Shaw, who was still sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

“There was extensive damage to Shaw’s left knee at close range,” said Lt. Tom Ward of the Maine Warden Service. “The big thing here is muzzle control. This wouldn’t have happened if (Conklin) practiced safe muzzle control.”

Shaw was taken to nearby Danforth Health Center before then being transported to Houlton Regional Hospital. From there, Shaw was later taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in serious but stable condition to await surgery on his leg.

Sgt. Dave Craven and Sgt. Dan Menard of the Maine Warden Service led a team of nine game wardens and one member of the Maine State Police in conducting an investigation which is still ongoing at this time.

There are no other details available.

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