Kenneth Niles Bora· Registered
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It would seem to me that with the exception of the lurking PETA folk keeping tabs on us all, the majority of us here are hunters. Ether avid, semi regular, occasional, or have gone out once or twice ?for the dogs?. That said, how many of you have been involved in a hunting accident? I consider myself an avid hunter. I was brought to the family Deer camp as soon as I was old enough to haul fire wood and water, had to earn your keep to get a bunk. I buy my licenses every year on January 2nd, when the town clerk opens up for the first of the year. I have been involved in one hunting accident. I was the shooter. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the fall of 1985 and I was hunting upland game in Starksboro, Vt. One of the members of the party announced, ?I am going off to the right, see you all back at the trucks.? He disappeared and we continued on in a straight line. Two of us walking on ether side of an ancient stonewall in the forest. Stonewalls on a sunny autumn afternoon are great for holding grouse. After about fifteen minutes time slowly walking the sides of the wall we flushed a couple birds. I had a perfect going away shot and cleanly dropped my bird. As it folded up and fell I hear ? I?m Hit!? from the direction of the bird. I was very surprised and ?Knew? it was Jerome, who had gone off to the right. He was not in view at all. He had intentionally gone just a little to the right and forged ahead of us. When we got to him he had a few trickles of blood coming off his forehead and neck. He had not taken a direct blast but as the shot pattern spreads out over distance and goes through foliage, he got the bottom of the pattern in the face. First I excitedly asked ?Are You OK?? Then I screamed ?WHY THE HELL ARE YOU HERE!!!? You went off to the right!? He said he wanted to get in front of us to get the birds he was sure we would flush but miss. He is an idiot! Still to this day he is an idiot, but with scars on his face from my shot. Even when you are sure you are doing everything right, shooting accidents can happen. Every time I hunt the Lewis Creek WMA in Starksboro I think of Jerome. Every time he looks in the mirror, he thinks of me.