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Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 11:26 pm:   

Two hunting accidents reported on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day hunting accidents took one life in Brunswick County and wounded a man in Dinwiddie County. Both victims were believed to be shot by relatives.
Capt. Rod Henry of the State Game and Inland Fisheries Agency reported 14-year-old Blaine Friedline of Richmond was shot and killed by his cousin, Berlin Lee Curtis III of Hopewell, about 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The shooter and the victim ate lunch together before going deer hunting, Henry said. The victim was wearing a blaze orange jacket, as suggested by the state game wardens, according to the preliminary investigation. Curtis was using a shotgun loaded with buckshot.

The incident is still under investigation. No one has been charged in the shooting. The shooting took place off Route 629 in the Rawlings area of Brunswick County, near the Dinwiddie County line.

Also on Thanksgiving Day, Melvin Taylor, 56, of DeWitt was wounded in the abdomen around 2:30 p.m. He underwent surgery, and is expected to survive the shooting.

Floyd Taylor, 59, of McKenney was believed to be the shooter. Floyd Taylor and Melvin Taylor are brothers. No one has been charged in the shooting, Henry said. The victim was wearing the required hunting colors at the time of the accident, Henry said.

Deer hunting season began on Nov. 13, said Henry. He hasn't received a statewide report, so far, on hunting accidents. Henry said, "We advise all hunters to make absolutely sure of their target and what's beyond."

A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries earlier this month said, "There are three basic rules for hunting safety. First, treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Second, control the direction of your muzzle, only pointing at what you intend to shoot. Third, before shooting, clearly identify your game and what is beyond."

The spokesperson added, "Hunters using tree stands should follow some basic safety guidelines. First, use a harness or safety belt to secure yourself to the tree. Second, use a haul line to get your unloaded gun into or out of the tree stand. Never climb with equipment. Third, keep portable tree stands in good working condition and thoroughly inspect permanent tree stands for loose or rotten boards before using. Fourth, stay alert and awake. If you start to nod off, get back to the ground."

Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 8:20 am:   

Thanks for the post Scott. Sad day for all hunters when something like this happens.
T Bann
Posted on Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 10:24 am:   

IT is just a shame that this happens. Hope that it does not. All I can say is if we all follow the basic common rules as you stated. There would be no accindents. Such as this

T Bann

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