November 27, 2020

10-year-old hurt in hunting mishap

WINN — A 10-year-old Mattawamkeag boy received only a minor injury when a single stray birdshot pellet hit him in the thigh Saturday while he was bird hunting along Phillips Road in Winn.

V. Paul Reynolds, a spokesman for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Wayne Berry was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln for treatment and was later released.

Reynolds said a group of people were bird hunting and chased a partridge off the road into a wooded area. Paul Berry Jr. of Mattawamkeag and his son, Wayne, along with Randy Carver, 16, of Sherman, went into the woods after the bird. Carver saw the bird and shot and killed it. But Reynolds said a single stray pellet about half the size of a BB hit Wayne Berry in the thigh.

Reynolds said the incident was minor but could have been serious had the pellet hit the boy in an eye.

The spokesman said there had been a few other similar incidents this fall. Reynolds encouraged people to know where their hunting partners were before firing a shot, and he encouraged bird hunters to wear an article of blaze orange so a hunting partner will know where they are in thick cover.

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