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Youth Injured In Hunting Incident

Hunting Incident

A 17 year old youth has been shot and injured by a hunting companion on a Southland farm in the early hours on Monday morning.

The victim and associates were spotlighting for deer using a vehicle on a Farm property near Orepuki.

He was taken to Southland Hospital where he underwent surgery and is said to be recovering and in a stable condition.

Investigators from Invercargill's criminal investigation unit carried out a scene examination at the site of the shooting yesterday.

The members of the hunting group are assisting Police with their enquiries.
This incident comes after two similar hunting incidents in the Southern region this year.

In March a man died after being shot in the back of the head while out hunting with two friends in the Maungawera Valley, near Wanaka.

In April a 26 year old man died after being shot by an associate while on a hunting trip in the Cattle Flat area.

The incident is a timely reminder for hunters to ensure they follow the seven basic rules of firearms safety:

1. Treat every firearm as loaded
2. Always point firearms in a safe direction
3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire
4. Identify your target beyond all doubt
5. Check your firing zone
6. Store firearms and ammunition safely
7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms

Detective Dougall Henderson
Invercargill CIB
13 November 212

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