Man, 71, accidentally shot in elbow during hunting trip in Laurel County

By WKYT News Staff |

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) – A Laurel County man is recovering from a gunshot wound following a hunting accident Friday.

A deputy responded to the shooting which happened around 4 p.m. behind a home on Auger Springs Road southwest of London.

The deputy determined a rifle fell out during the trip and accidentally discharged, hitting the 71-year-old victim in the elbow.

The man was taken to a hospital in Corbin for treatment.


Hunting-related incident under investigation


BECKER COUNTY, Minn. (Valley News Live)- The Becker County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed with Valley News Live that they are investigating a fatal hunting-related incident that happened on the White Earth Reservation.

They could not give any other details at this time, since the investigation is active. Detroit Lakes Online is reporting that former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson was found dead this weekend after a hunting-related incident on the White Earth Reservation.

Stay with us here on Valley News Live for all the latest updates. `

25-year-old Lewiston man dies from accidental gunshot on hunting trip

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) – Authorities say a north-central Idaho man died while hunting Sunday morning after accidentally shooting himself.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Ryan S. Rigney of Lewiston was hunting near Soldiers Meadow Lake when he accidentally discharged his gun.

The Lewiston Tribune reports emergency medical crews were sent to the rural location about 7:42 a.m. but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful and Rigney died at the scene.

Deputy Kris Schmidt said the investigation is continuing but the death appears to be an accidental gunshot.

On social media, Rigney described himself as a dedicated father and avid outdoorsman. Earlier this year, he and his 3-year-old son were the subject of a search when they went missing while hunting for shed antlers. They were later located in Orofino.

Oklahoma weekend hunting news

For an Okla. City family, deer hunting is very much a family tradition.
A family spokesman states “We pretty much don’t plan anything big from October to January, as far
As things that would take from our ability to hunt and be out in the woods.
We put in hours and hours of preparation (for deer season) every year. It is just something we enjoy
Doing as a family.”
On Saturday, this family will be among the more than 187,000 deer hunters who will be in the
Woods and plains for the opening day of the deer gun season.
For many families, the deer season opener is like Christmas. In SE Okla., schools are dismissed for the
Entire week of Thanksgiving so the families can go deer hunting.
Deer hunting has become a rite of passage for many fathers and sons, and even some mothers and
The family has hunted with their sons. They want to pass that hunting tradition down to them.
At the deer camp in the evenings, this family roast marshmallows and tell stories of that day’s hunt,
Which they say is just as important as the hunt itself.
With a deer population in Oklahoma estimated anywhere between 500,000 and 1 million, such
Family traditions will be going on across the state in all 77 counties.
Last year, 107,914 deer were taken by Okla. hunters for all seasons which include archery, muzzle loader,
And gun. More than half (62,257 deer) were killed during the deer gun season.
On Thanksgiving Day, this family will be deer hunting in the morning and than having dinner with
The relatives in the evening. And after dinner, the attention turns to shopping on Black Friday,
But not this family with their two sons.
The family spokesman states “While everybody else is getting excited about shopping, we are going
To be in the woods the next morning. That is what we do on Black Friday.”

Willard assistant coach dies in hunting accident


A former standout athlete and beloved Willard assistant coach died Saturday in a hunting accident, the head football coach confirmed.

Justin Atchison, 24, was an assistant coach for the high school’s baseball and football teams.

Head coach Brock Roweton said he got word Saturday that Atchison had died in a hunting accident on the first day of the firearms season.

“From coaches, to parents, to players, everybody is completely heartbroken,” Roweton said through tears on Sunday morning.

Roweton said Atchison was the quarterback and a standout pitcher at Willard before playing two years of collegiate baseball at Evangel University. After a shoulder injury, Atchison turned his focus to coaching.

Roweton said Atchison was a natural.

“If you were ever around him and the kids, he constantly just had a group around him,” Roweton said. “He was like a big brother to many of the kids.”

Roweton said Atchison was a hardworking young man who was passionate about sports.

On Sunday, Roweton recalled a recent time that Atchison accompanied Roweton’s son on a hunting trip, just hoping to be there if the boy took a deer.

Roweton said he had heard from a lot of players this weekend who were trying to process their grief.

“He was loved by a lot of people,” Roweton said.

Kevin Samsel, battalion chief with the Willard Fire Protection District, confirmed the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. just north of Cave Spring off Farm Road 81.

Samsel said Mercy paramedics were on scene when his crew arrived, and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

Scott McGee, Willard head baseball coach, said Atchison was one of the school’s best baseball players ever and was becoming a great coach, as well.

“He impacted so many people in small ways,” McGee said. “Everyone is going to miss him.”

McGee said Atchison had the two qualities necessary to be a great coach — strong work ethic and an ability to truly care for every player.

McGee remembered times that Atchison spent all day out on the baseball field and then didn’t hesitate to help a high schooler work on his hitting after practice — even though Atchison should have been home hours earlier.

“If you needed something at midnight on a Wednesday, he would be there,” McGee said. “He would do anything for anybody.”

McGee said Atchison was studying to become a science teacher and also spent time working on a farm.

Atchison has been a constant presence at school and community events over the last decade, McGee said. Now, the head coach is grappling with the idea that his friend is gone.

“It feels like we lost him 60 years too early,” McGee said.

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Father killed in hunting accident

By 6 News |

VALLEY, Neb. (WOWT) – One man is dead because of a hunting accident that happened in Douglas County Saturday night.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accidental shooting call on N. 264th St. in Valley around 6 p.m.

According to Capt. Wayne Hudson, Joshua McArtor, 37, told deputies he had accidentally shot is father, Stacy McArtor, 58.

He explained that the pair had been hunting deer until sunset, when he left his tree stand to go over to his father’s stand to get ready to leave for the night.

When Joshua McArtor got to the tree stand, Stacy McArtor handed him his rifle so that he could exit the tree stand. The rifle fired when handed off, striking the father.

Medics declared Stacy McArtor deceased at the scene.

An autopsy was performed on Sunday and investigators are awaiting results.

The information is subject to change based on further investigation.

Area men plead guilty to federal migratory bird hunting violations

PEORIA — Three men, charged earlier this year with running afoul of migratory bird hunting laws, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor offense.

Trent Gustafson, 34, of Chillicothe, and James Schupp, 53, and J. Weston Schupp, 30, both of Bradford, all pleaded to using an electronic calling device on Dec. 17, 2015, to lure birds in for the kill. The other counts, conspiring with each other to violate the Lacey Act and allowing the unlawful sale of wildlife, were dropped. The men face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $15,000 when sentenced March 21, 2019. Until then, they remain free on bond.

Two others, Rick A. Hamm, 57, of Chillicothe and Zachary Entwistle, 25, of Morris, have cases pending. Entwistle is set to plead Wednesday. Hamm is set for a trial in March.

The two main legal statutes are the Lacey Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both of which regulate the hunting of migratory waterfowl.

Prosecutors allege Hamm, as the owner and operator of Show Me Your Snows, scheduled guided hunting trips around central Illinois. On Dec. 17 and 18, 2015, two undercover agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posed as hunters on an excursion in Fulton County. The agents were led to a harvested cornfield near the Illinois River where Hamm allegedly spread a bale of corn stalks around a hunting blind. An electronic caller was used to lure birds into the area. Prosecutors alleged all the men knew that using bait and an electronic caller wasn’t legal. It also alleges the agents were allowed to transport untagged geese they had killed away from the area.