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Grouse hunter pays for shooting from vehicle

HUNTING -- The Fish and Wildlife Department says an agent on patrol help save a man’s life after he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a black powder pistol.

However, after the elderly man has been treated for his potenially life-threatening wound, charges will be filed for having loaded guns in his vehicle.

Officer Mark James was on patrol last weekend in a remote area south of Elma, Wash., where he saw the man shooting out a window at grouse, according to WDFW Sgt. Matt Nixon.

KXRO reports when the man saw the officer, he began to unload a gun inside of his vehicle and the .22 caliber pistol went off.

James recently went through training for gunshot wounds and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The hunter was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

It is muzzleloader season and shooting grouse is legal, but shooting from inside a vehicle is illegal in Washington. 

Nixon said this accident illustrates the reason for the law.

Other loaded weapons were found inside the vehicle. Charges are planned, Nixon said.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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