Skip to comments.Deer Season Opener Leaves One Dead
Posted on 11/17/2009 8:42:42 AM PST by smokingfrog
AUXVASSE - Bernie Breer, 67, died when his friend accidentally shot him after deer hunting off Route B in Callaway County.
Breer was one of three hunters accidentally shot during the opening weekend of dear season. Breer's friend accidentally shot him while taking his gun off his shoulder.
"The firearm discharged and hit the victim in the stomach area," Missouri Department of Conservation officer Tom Stother said.
Officials reported hunters in Adair and Macon Counties were accidentally shot while deer hunting during the weekend.
Last year, a total of five people were accidentally shot during all of deer season. None were fatal.
"Unfortunately, if you do handle guns long enough, sooner or later you're gonna have one go off when you don't intend it to," Dave Shefe, an employee at Columbia's Powder Horn Guns and Sporting, said.
Still, Shefe said the accidents during the weekend should not scare hunters away from the sport. He said they do not reflect a growing trend in hunting accidents.
"It's all about basic gun handling and gun safety," Shefe said.
Stother said hunters are required to take gun safety classes before getting their hunting permit.
"Muzzle control is by far the best safety tip that we can provide to hunters," Stother said.
(Excerpt) Read more at komu.com ...
No report yet on how many dear were killed.
Was he hunting with Cheney?
damn, you beat me to it....lol...
The first rule of thumb...ALWAYS handle a firearm as if it were loaded and ALWAYS point in a safe direction. I don't know the circumstance and what happened, but you can never be too safe with firearms.Even when I KNOW my firearm is empty, I never point it at someone.I know it was an accident, but it should remind us to NEVER take safety for granite!Just like when I flew airplanes, there are no "shortcuts"...safety, safety, safety!
Yes, the state program solves all ills......
I wonder when they will print an article detailing how many innocents have been murdered while prevented by law from carrying a weapon for self defense? I don’t plan on holding my breath.
Bull$hit. I have been handling guns since I was 8 years old. I have NEVER had an AD. The closest I ever came was a Remington 700 BEFORE they acknowledged there was a problem the with safety. I cut it up and had it melted down.
Suggested reading for all Freepers
Especially this page
You got that right. Once, many years ago, a Frat Brother was showing me his new .303 Bolt action rifle. I took a bead on a lady walking down the street, but didn’t pull the trigger. Then, set the rifle on the floor barrel up to look down the barrel to see the rifling, accidentally pulled the trigger, blew my brains out and the bullet went up three floors of the frat house. So with no brains I had to go into Engineering.
Just in case someone out there still has one of those Remingtons.
Bernie's friend should have taken Al Gore's gun safety class.
Amen. The best safety is the thing between your ears. Never had an AD myself, and this story makes me wonder how folks end up also getting shot while cleaning their firearms. It’s just plain old carelessness.
Calm your jerking knee, sir. The sherriff went on to make the following, common-sense statement:
"It's all about basic gun handling and gun safety," Shefe said."
Surely you don't object to that...?
The old “I accidentally shot and killed my friend while hunting” excuse. Let’s wait and see if there’s some insurance policy or something extracurricular between these two.
I am also EXTREMELY suspicious of shooting deaths that occur “accidentally” while cleaning a gun. I’ve cleaned guns lots of times before and can’t imagine someone trying to clean a loaded gun.
Who the hell said that? I know plenty of people who have handled guns their entire lives, and have never had one discharge when they didn’t intend it to.
That is BS.
1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Hmmmm .... Surely a Rule 2 violation, here ... and probably a Rule 3 violation as well.
Many years ago I was deer hunting in Yellowwood State Forest. I’d found what I thought was a nice “tree stand,” a tree cut about six feet off the ground by DNR that I could stand on, while leaning on the trunk behind me. After a while, through the brush behind me, I heard somebody almost literally fall out of a tree, crunch through the brush, and take a leak. I then heard them clamber up the tree, followed by the unmistakeable sound of a beer can being opened. I could not see him, and assumed he could not see me. So I as quietly as I could, I unloaded my shotgun, got down from the tree and crept away through the woods to find a better spot.
That guy wasn’t going to see any deer, much less shoot them, but he damn well could have shot me. The woods are full of deer...and idiots.
Assume an AD will happen. Take steps to prevent it. And make sure that nobody gets hurt if it does.
No sense in being knee-jerk about it. The sherriff sounds like one of the good guys.
If you check back in a couple of months, the shooter probably will have married the widow!
No clip in the gun, he probably has checked it.
I handed it back to him without resetting the safety lock. I not only got the biggest a**-chewing in my life, but it was months and months before my Dad would ever let me handle a firearm again. This friend evidently didn't have the good fortune of learning such a lesson early in life.
I had an AD once in VN. With an M79!
You can’t drop them loaded on the top deck of a track!
Those lessons have stuck with me my entire life, through college (4 years on the rifle team), 8+ years in the Army, etc.
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind next time I'm tossing my grenade launcher into the track.... ;-)
You try to console the widow, and....you know....sometimes things just happen.
Er... what did you destroy?
Very sad. May his family find comfort and peace.
NONSENSE. Poppycock. Bilge. I have been shooting guns since I was 6; I'm now middle-aged, carry a revolver concealed EVERY DAY, and I have NEVER, NO NEVER had an accidental discharge.
My teenage kids have been shooting since they were 4, my son has been hunting many, many times, and as far as I know, not a single AD. Just follow the rules: keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire, and you won't have a problem.
You watch: the media will try to spin this into gun-control advocacy.
“Bull$hit. I have been handling guns since I was 8 years old. I have NEVER had an AD.”
It happened to me. My semi-auto Beretta 12 gauge jammed. I cleared the shell out of the chamber and when I let go of the chamber lever it snap close and discharged at the same time.
I had the gun pointed in the air and resting on my thigh. It felt like I got kicked by a donkey, and scared the hell out of me. I was 13 and hunting with my cousin who was 16.
Never let the barrel of your gun point at anyone no matter what.
Great axioms by the man who invented the 10-mm Auto cartridge. Soon to be a new addition to Lord Vader’s arsenal.
That rule should be carved in stone!
5. NEVER trust the “safety”!
You mean like the guy sharpening his knife and it slipped out of his hand? 17 times?
Not sure what kind of gun he had, but I was taught, if you are carrying a bolt action rifle, have the bolt open. Pros/cons?
One could argue there were two deaths. A man drowned in his truck trying to cross a flood swollen creek around here. He and two other men were deer hunting on family land.
LOL...I love witty sarcasm/humor!
Uh...with his finger on the trigger? With the muzzle pointed at his friend? Why?
I have never seen a better set of gunhandling rules. His four rules are concise and complete, and are best understood as a mindset than as a checklist.
Is there always a “safety” to (dis)trust?
Simplest rule in all of firearms safety:
NEVER POINT THE MUZZLE AT ANYTHING YOU’RE NOT WILLING TO KILL
That advice is rock solid!
That flaw led to an accidental discharge in just such a rifle, in my hands, as I toggled the safety to off prior to unloading...no finger anywhere near the trigger. It was pointed at the ground near my father’s feet.
Thus I repeat the rule: NEVER POINT THE MUZZLE AT ANYTHING YOU’RE NOT WILLING TO KILL.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.