Hunters Shoot Themselves, Each Other, In Week Of Deadly Hunting Accidents

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

In a November 24, 2014, report entitled "Deadly Hunting Accident Raises Awareness About Safety," WSIL-TV reminded hunters that it was the start of Illinois’ firearm deer season and accidents can happen with tragic results.

They reminded hunters, “In 2013, IDNR reported 9 accidental shootings. About half of the shootings were self-inflicted injuries. The other accidents involved one hunter shooting another.”  That warning came at the end of a week of deadly hunting accidents.


A southwestern Illinois man died last week after being shot while on a hunting trip in northeastern Missouri, reports KSDK. James Funk, 31, of Mascoutah died Thursday in a Springfield hospital, three days after being shot during a deer drive in Missouri's Knox County.

The shooting appeared to be accidental, said Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards; however, the Missouri Department of Conservation is conducting a thorough investigation.

The department's spokesman told KTVO-TV the tragic incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon on a farm southeast of Novelty. Funk was accidentally shot by his uncle, David Wheeler, 54, also from Illinois.

The hunters had reportedly chased a deer out of a wooded draw and Wheeler was shooting toward the deer when he accidentally hit Funk.

Funk was airlifted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy and then transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois, with critical injuries, according to Heartland Connection.


A 45-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself on November 22 while hunting geese with his father in West Windsor, New Jersey, reported

The initial report by police stated, “A father has accidentally shot and killed his adult son during a hunting trip in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.” At that time it was believed by authorities that the older man mistakenly shot his 45-year-old son in the back of the head, WCAU-TV reported.

However, that report was later clarified to indicate that the 45-year-old Chesterfield man was shot in the head and neck by his own gun.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on a property owned by the man's family on the 1200 block of Old Trenton Road, according to NBC 10. Names of those involved have not been released.  

"Although incredibly tragic, it is believed that the incident was solely an accident," police said in a statement obtained by MSN.


Iowa authorities reported on November 18 that Kyle Fry, 20, of Edgewood was hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself while hunting raccoons, according to KCRG.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says he was trying to get his tracking dogs away from the raccoons when the gun fired.

Fry is recovering from a non-life-threatening wound in a Dubuque hospital.

Officials told KCRG that criminal charges will not be filed because it was a hunting accident.

Sources: KCRG, NBC Philadelphia, HuffPoMSN / Photo Credit:, Flickr