Nebraska’s second hunting accident in two days sends Omaha man to hospital

Hunting Accident
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Lincoln, NEB. (KLKN) – A hunting accident Saturday morning left a 22-year-old Omaha man with injuries that were not life-threatening.

This is the second hunting accident reported in two days in Nebraska, and the third reported this year.

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. southeast of Yutan, along the Platte River.

Officials said the initial review of the scene showed that the victim was unintentionally shot in the hands by another member of the hunting party.

He was taken to Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha.

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Eight hunting accidents were reported in the state in 2021, and five were reported in 2020.

According to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, following the four primary rules of firearm safety greatly reduces risk of personal injury.

The rules are:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always point the muzzle of your firearm in a safe direction.
  • Be sure of your target, what is in front of it, and what is beyond it.
  • Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.

Since the introduction of mandatory hunter education and hunter orange requirements in Nebraska, annual hunting accidents have decreased by over 70%, the commission said.

The Saunders County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene, and the shooting remains under investigation by Game and Parks.

For more information on hunter education courses, visit the commission’s website.

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