Man shot after dog causes gun to go off
A duck hunter in Utah ended up on the wrong end of his shotgun over the Thanksgiving weekend.
December 1st, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Man shot after dog causes gun to go off

A Utah hunter was on the mend Wednesday after surviving a gunshot wound from man’s best friend - yes, a dog.

While authorities don't know all the particulars, this much is certain, hospital crews had to extract 27 pellets of birdshot from the man, according to news reports.

The incident happened over the weekend when two men and a canine set up to go duck-hunting in the Great Salt Lake near a bird refuge outside Brigham City, according to CNN affiliate KSL.

Before the hunting could commence, one of the men, a 46-year-old from Brigham City, got out of his boat and laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the vessel, KSL reported.

From there, it gets weird.

"The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the (man) in the buttocks," Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Potter told the Salt Lake City Tribune. The man was apparently setting up decoys when the gun went off, said Potter.

But how – exactly – did this happen?

The dog "did something to make the gun discharge," Potter told KSL. "I don't know if the safety device was on. It's not impossible the dog could have taken it off safety," he was quoted as saying.

Sunday's accident wasn't the only strange occurrence over the Thanksgiving weekend involving outdoorsmen. In North Carolina, fishermen encountered a great white shark - but it didn't shoot them.

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  1. Donkey Hotay

    More American Gun MADNESS !

    December 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • wasteproduct

      He was hunting, not patrolling the streets dressed like dirty harry looking for punks.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      The crazy madness of it all! Imagine....taking a gun when you are hunting!

      December 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I will say this:
    I laughed my way through this comments section, and I sorely needed to laugh!
    Thanks to all!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Donkey Hotay:

    You win today's prize for best name.

    December 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    Was the dog named Cheney?

    December 2, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • A Vet

      Oh THAT was painfully funny!!!!. Well done!

      December 2, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      LMAO - your comment made me laugh even more than the article did.

      In "Bowling for Columbine" they showed how a hunter dressed his dog up with a hunting vest and a shotgun. I was so mad when I saw that dog WEARING the gun - how could a person have such little regard for their best pal's safety?!!! Then they cut to the sheriff who said that the gun went off and shot the owner in the upper thigh/groin area.

      December 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A Vet

    " I didnt know the gun was loaded, soooo sorrry masterrr-I didnt know the gun was loaded- when i buckshotted your rear"...Thankyou thankyouvery much.

    December 2, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. sherry

    that's what happens to hunters. go dog!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. geoff

    This reminds me of the dog on the old video game "Duck Hunt..." Every time you miss-Hehehehe..

    December 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barbi53

    well, I guess the hunter got a bit of a taste of what he had in mind for the poor animal he was trying to hunt...I can only hope that he will think twice about hunting again...hunting hurts and can be deadly.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • wasteproduct

      Giving someone named Barbi a gun license or even a drivers license could be deadly as well..

      December 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    LOL!! So much for man's best friend.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NEL

    It was the Bush beans dog. He clearly had a motive. Hes been planning it 4 years.

    December 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ghurag2003

    Duck Hunt!!!

    December 4, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. cuace

    Cheney is out hunting again?

    December 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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