Dog shoots hunter in buttocks

Dec. 1, 2011 at 2:46 PM

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Authorities in Utah said a hunter was wounded in the buttocks when his dog jumped on a 12-gauge shotgun, causing the weapon to fire a round of birdshot.

Box Elder County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kevin Potter said two duck hunters were at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge preparing for a day of hunting Sunday morning when the incident took place, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday.

"One of the hunters was inside the boat with the dog, and the other hunter was in the water setting up decoys," Potter said. "The guy in the water had put his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of their boat."

"The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the (decoy setter) in the buttocks," Potter said.

Potter said the man was taken to the Brigham City Community Hospital around 9 a.m. and released after doctors removed the birdshot from his posterior.

The chief deputy said there were no other injuries to their hunters or the dog.

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