November 24, 2014 1:30 pm -

Authorities say a New Jersey goose hunter who was out with his father died after he accidentally shot himself in the head and neck on Saturday, according to the Associated Press

[su_center_ad]The shooting occurred around 4:15 p.m in a wooded area of West Windsor.

Initially, reports suggested that the father had accidentally shot his son, but police now say the man was killed when his own gun discharged.

The victim was identified only as a 45-year-old Chesterfield man.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The father did not sustain any injuries.

According to authorities, the two men were hunting by themselves and had Canada goose decoys spread out in front of their blind. Officials say both men were properly licensed to hunt the birds.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
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29 responses to Hunter Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself In The Head

  1. tracey marie November 24th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    this is getting tiresome and sad. So many responsible gun nutz being shot and killed by…themselves

    • Carla Akins November 24th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      At least he didn’t kill a child.

      • tracey marie November 24th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

        true, how the hell do you shoot yourself with a rifle, by accident. Was he pulling a cartoon act and looking down the barrel?

        • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 24th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

          by failing the first safety rule…

          1) ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

          This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

          • arc99 November 24th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

            I agree 100%. Although it does bother me to agree with the NRA in any way, I do not support repeal of the 2nd amendment, and I do agree with the court decision that it protects an individual right to bear arms.

            But I strongly disagree with the notion that a proliferation of firearms makes us a safer society. Even if we eliminate the unmeasurable metric of the relation between ease of access and criminal activity, I think it makes us a society that is more prone to being killed or injured by a firearm due to negligence of a “good guy with a gun”.

            I am a whitewater kayaker. When I let people know this, they often respond that it sounds dangerous. I tell them that yes, if people get on the river and make decisions the same way they do when they get behind the wheel of an automobile, yes whitewater kayaking can be quite dangerous.

            When people drive, they pick and choose which rules of the road to obey, deciding they will do whatever they darn well please. You do that on the river where there is far less margin for error, and trouble is almost certain. I tell people that for most people whitewater kayaking is very dangerous, if they approach it the same way they approach driving. However, like driving, if you make good decisions and follow ALL of the rules, including realistic assessment of your skills, whitewater is not proportionately more dangerous than any other outdoor/wilderness recreation.

            Obviously when it comes to guns, the same rules apply and the life/death impact can be almost immediate. If 2nd amendment advocates spent as much time warning America about proper handling of firearms as they do railing against gun control, it would in my opinion greatly enhance their credibility. As things stand, many people including me see the NRA as nothing more than shills for the firearms industry, opposing anything that might negatively affect profits.

          • Pistol-Packing AKA "Susie" November 24th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

            it is a very interesting correlation that you make between White Water kayaking and driving, and I completely understand. Where as not paying attention to what you are doing, can have immediate bad consequences.

          • rg9rts November 24th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

            His head ….it was empty

        • rg9rts November 24th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

          Shot gun most likely

      • fahvel November 24th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        or a bird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they work hard flying south and some dip with a gun blows em out of the sky unless, of course, he tries to shoot himself.

      • rg9rts November 24th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        Took his gene’s out of the pool though

    • M D Reese November 24th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      At least they are making the argument for us, that having a gun puts you at greater risk of killing yourself or a loved one. The stories that make me really sad are the ones about gun nuts cleaning their guns and shooting a child in their house or the house next door.

  2. FrankenPC . November 24th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Son: “Am I holding the gun right daddy?”

    Dad: (pondering a life full of failure culminating in the birth of his son) “Yes. Yes, you are holding it right”.

  3. tiredoftea November 24th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    WTF? Are we sure that Dad wasn’t so disappointed in his progeny that her didn’t stage this to look like an accident? Did he send his son to gun training by Elmer Fudd?

  4. ExPFCWintergreen November 24th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Darwinian natural selection and the Second Amendment don’t play nicely together, so perhaps it’s best if we try to keep guns out of the shallow end of the gene pool.

  5. Maxx44 November 24th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    “Officials say both men were properly licensed to hunt the birds.” But not properly trained to operate firearms. We need to pass a test and obtain a license to operate a car, but neither is required to handle devices that were designed for one purpose only: to kill.

  6. rg9rts November 24th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    After a slow start to the month…the competition for NRA shooter of the month is picking up

  7. edmeyer_able November 24th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    He died doing what he loved…(killing dumb animals w/a gun).

  8. whatthe46 November 24th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    how do you accidently shoot yourself in the neck and head with a hunting riffle?

    • edmeyer_able November 24th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Probably leaned it against an unstable rest w/the safety off.

    • StoneyCurtisll November 24th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      It was a shotgun..:)
      He probably dropped it.
      I dont know anyone who hunts birds with a rifle..
      you would have to be a damn good shot..;)

      • edmeyer_able November 24th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

        Please let me introduce myself, I hunt both turkey and pheasant w/a .22…only sitting shots and have fired @ 1 yet.

        • StoneyCurtisll November 24th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

          Right on..
          Turkey I can understand, pheasant on the other hand..
          Hitting a bird in flight with a bullet quite a challenge~!

          • edmeyer_able November 24th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

            Would never take a shot at a bird in the air, w/a .22, would try a head shot w/a hollow point if on the ground and only w/a scope.

      • whatthe46 November 24th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        well, shows how much i know about what types of weapons that are used. ok so, a shotgun.

        • StoneyCurtisll November 25th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

          I apologize if my comment came across the wrong way..
          Sometimes I should speak less and listen more.

  9. Matt Dillon November 24th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    A people that proclaim to be the example of human empathy that we should all strive for, display the very characteristics of those that they claim to despise.

  10. Stu Pidasseaux November 24th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    A couple of years ago we had a guy and 2 friends that went out Bambi assassinating, one of them was “moving” the deer towards the other 2 when one of them shot the other guy thinking he was Bambi, when he discovered he had just killed his friend he blew his own brains out.

  11. mmaynard119 November 24th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Goose, Goose, Duck! Oopsy…….

  12. Obewon November 24th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Goose winner +1. Hunter = 0 with no more rematches and replays.