5 Latest “Hunting Accidents” Were Actually Crimes: Cops

Donald Jones, 22, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish (La.) Jail on one count of negligent homicide after a fatal hunting accident in the Honey Island Swamp (Source: STPSO)

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| $200,000 bail set for man charged in hunting related death of ex police chief

| Detroit Lakes, MN – Bail was set at $200,000 as Morris Dodd, Jr. made his first court appearance.

Dodd is charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter and Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition in the November 10th death of retired Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson who was shot as he traveled on a rural Becker County logging road during the hunting season.

Becker County Attorney Brian McDonald said Dodd should be considered a danger to the public especially due to the violation of possessing a firearm. Read more.

Police call on hunters for help in murder of father of 9

Fox News – Michigan police investigating last month’s shooting death of an avid hunter and father of 9 are urging other hunters who may know something to contact them.

Chong Yang, 68, was hunting deer on public property in Clinton County, northwest of Lansing, when he was killed Nov. 16. He was wearing hunter’s orange clothing at the time for safety.

Police said they were reaching out especially to woodsmen who regularly hunt in the area where Yang was killed. Officer Avery Lyon said that when Yang was found his gun and backpack were missing. Read more. 

Charges could be filed against Michigan man after hunting death

Antrim County — The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the shooting death of a hunter on the opening day of the firearm deer hunting season.

A conservation officer and EMS personnel were dispatched to a reported hunting accident.

Upon arrival, responders found Justin Beutel, 38, of Sanford unresponsive. First aid was administered, but he did not recover.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that Mr. Beutel was deer hunting on private property and was apparently shot by another subject hunting nearby,” said Lt. James Gorno.

Gorno said the two men were not hunting together and it is believed that they do not know each other.

“I’m assuming there would be some type of charges filed in the next couple weeks,” Gorno said. Read more. 

Helena man charged with negligent homicide in doctor’s shooting death

A man who is also a firearms safety instructor has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with the Oct. 21 shooting death of a local doctor in Helena’s old Kmart parking lot.

In addition to negligent homicide, 62-year-old Gregg Robert Trude is being charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Both charges are felonies.

His Linkedin profile and a legislative candidate survey say he is a firearms safety instructor.

Authorities say 48-year-old Dr. Eugene “Buzz” Walton II died after he was hit by a round discharged from a hunting rifle. He and another man had just returned from a hunting trip.

Walton was a doctor at Performance Injury Care and Sports Medicine and had previously worked as an athletics physician for several colleges and universities. Read more. 

Louisiana man charged with killing friend while hog hunting

SLIDELL, La. (AP) – The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said that Donald Jones, 22, of Pearl River was arrested Saturday after he told wildlife officials he accidentally shot his friend while they were hunting in the Honey Island Swamp.

Jones is charged with negligent homicide in the death of Zachary Swanson, 23.

The sheriff’s office said that Jones fired toward a hog but hit Swanson.

The sheriff’s report said Jones knew that Swanson was not wearing “hunter’s orange” clothing but did not know where Swanson was when he fired at the hog. Read more. 

Health benefits of hunting

While hunting entails significant risks, it also offers important health benefits to those who do it safely.

December 3, 2012 – Author: Tracie Abram, Michigan State University Extension

There is much debate around the issues of hunting these days. This article will not address gun laws, but rather the Michigan State University Extension nutrition and health benefits view from the sport.

First off, no other sport provides both a nutritional and physical benefit. Some may say that the sport of fishing provides a nutritional and physical benefit. If you are stream fishing and have to walk to the stream or river, than yes, that is both a physical and nutritional bonus.

It is true that if you sit in a blind to hunt, you are not getting as much of a cardiovascular workout as those who walk the woods. Another form of hunting is trapping. Setting traps and checking them daily is no small task.

Regardless of what you hunt, hunters are people in motion.

Hunters are busy preparing blinds, tending food plots, scouting the woods, target shooting and some even train dogs. Some hunters even cut-up and package their own game, which can take more than a few days to process.

Hunting is a natural physical activity that can be done alone, with friends and or with family. Many hunters state that they were taught to hunt from a family member and enjoy the quality family-time that hunting provides.

Besides the physical benefits of walking the woods, hunting provides social-emotional health benefits. Many hunters feel that they receive a therapeutic/relaxed feeling when out hunting or enjoy the quality time that it provides to be with family and friends.

Many enjoy the challenges that temperature, inclement weather and terrains can add to their hunting adventure. Adding to the intrigue, there are many new reality hunting, fishing and survival television shows depicting the same message.

The objective of hunting is to bring home game meat. Game meat generally is a lean protein. Venison (meat from deer) and elk meat both are low in fat. Game birds, such as partridge and pheasants and game such as rabbit all are lean meats, meaning they have less fat too.

The benefits of hunting sports are that they provide exercise, social and emotional health benefits and a nutritious, low-fat protein. Good luck to all the hunters and if you haven’t tried hunting, fishing or trapping sports, go out and enjoy what nature has to offer, the benefits are numerous!

This article was published by Michigan State University Extension.

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