Skip to comments.As hunting accidents go, Cheney's is not unusual
Posted on 02/14/2006 4:09:57 AM PST by IrishMike
Vice President, Victim share blame in incident, Texas experts say.......Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident was a textbook example of a Texas bird-hunting mishap, and experts say both he and his victim violated basic hunting safety rules. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife records, swinging a shot gun outside a safe zone of fire is the No#1 cause of hunting accidents. On Saturday, the vice president was swinging his shot gun with a flying quail when the bird flew near Austin layer Harry Whittington as the shot was fired. Mr. Whittington was struck in the face and upper body by pellets from Mr. cheney's #28 gauge shot gun. The accident occured on the Armstrong ranch, south of Corpus Christi. Katherine Armstrong, a Dallas business woman whose family owns the ranch, said Mr. Whittington had been looking for a fallen bird and walked up behind Mr. Cheney and another hunter without announcing his presence. Ms. Armstrong is a knowledgeable hunter and was the first female chairman of the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Bird hunters become so focused on their fast moving targets that their visual background may become blurred. "In hunter education, we refer to that phenomenon as 'target fixation'", said Mr. Hall. "Every year, its the primary cause of Texas bird hunting accidents. In 2005, we had 13 reported hunting accidents that involved bird hunters. Twelve of those accidents were caused by swinging the shot gun outside a safe line of fire".
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28 gauge shot gun?? Never heard of one of those
LOL! I think you've got it!
I'm "struck" by every hunter I hear on tv or radio saying thay have been sprayed with birdshot. I believe the owner of the property in this incident said it has happened to him as well.
I think what really has the MSM's shorts in a knot -- they were scooped by the local paper.
How can the White House cover up a non-story?
They're plumb tuckered out from justifying why they didn't print the Mohammed cartoons.
Freedom of the press, my foot!
With the exception of their sports page, the DMN is land fill fodder.
Why the big deal by the news? The press is PO'd because their elites were not told first and no reporter was invited
on the private hunting trip.
Frankly, it would be a riot if a MSM reporter was hit by birdshot.
Most quail hunters around here shrug their shoulders and wonder what all the fuss about? Happens all the time, they'll tell you.
Bet the guys and gals on the receiving end of bird shot sure wished it didn't, though.
The metrosexual east coasters just can't get it right. Even over at National Review Online they've referred to Whittington as being sprayed with "buckshot".
Well no, not hardly. Buckshot would have stung quite a bit more than what Whittington was sprayed wit.
28 gauge is not common but is a superior alternative to the .410 bore for small, fast moving birds. It has a fair amount more shot and more reliable patterns.
28 ga? thats new to me
Change MSM (main stream media)
to 'antique' news
If Cheney shot one of those idiots from the White House press gaggle, I'd still be smiling.
"Damn sir, that's one ugly bird. No wait...that's Helen Thomas."
The question that I have is why didn't the Secret Service spot Whittington and advise Cheney?
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If you saw Saturday night's game on ESPN, the message was sent loud and clear, as most of the 6000 in attendance sported fake moustaches.
C'mon give those guys a break. The only shotgun they've seen is in the movies or in the back of a police car. /sarcasm
It is the smallest of the shotgun gauges. There is one smaller shotgun but it is named for the size of its bore: the .410. The names of the gauges (10, 12, 16, 20, 28 from largest to smallest) comes from the number of lead balls it takes to weigh one pound if the lead balls are sized the same as the diameter of the shotgun barrel in question.
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