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. See There!

    KARMA! The angels got you for being violent for pleasure against beautiful creatures!

    All hunters shall one day be the hunted. Maybe here, but for certain in the hereafter.

    It's cruel to shoot animals for fun! And great jokes guys. Somebody ought to put them in a book! CNN blog jokes!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Din

      Well people do use hunted ducks for food.... If it was for then they get what they deserve.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOYB


      December 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • courtb86

      Your a moron. Hunters shoot animals for FOOD. Just like farmers slaughter animals for FOOD.

      December 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MB

      Oh so you've never eaten, worn or used anything made from an animal....just checking

      December 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Herkimer Schwartz

    I'm surpised that didn't go after the dog for attempted Houndicide.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rose

    I hope he didn't hurt the dog after the dog shot him

    December 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    I'm not letting a dog *ever* lick my wounds!
    You see where their tongue has been...because they *can*!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    @BOMBO@2:28: lmao!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Herkimer Schwartz

    That was going to be my next question.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Poolchick

    Shot in the ar$e by his dog. lmao!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alger Heights Dave

    Don't trust a dog who turns your safety off – first rule of duck hunting.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    The dogs probably laughing because everybody thinks it was an accident 😀

    December 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      Learned from Dick Cheney

      December 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Talgrath

    If great white sharks learn how to use guns we are all f***ed people.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hope

    Save a Duck!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Debbie

    courtb86 THANK YOU!!! If only people stopped to think. If we don't hunt then the population of animal (duck, deer) will explode leaving them to die slow miserable deaths in the winter months due to starvation and disease. Which way would you rather pain with a shot to the head or suffering for weeks starving to death. I choose a gun anyday. Ignorance is bliss so they say.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CosmicC

    Hunting next to a bird refuge? Refuge? Sounds more like a trap

    December 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hangtownie

    It the dog's name Chenny?

    December 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. nitadf

    I can't even get my dog to sit much less undue a safety and pull a trigger.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      @nitadf – thats what he wants you to think...... next thing you know, you're setting out his Cold bland food same thing day after day, then one day just as the dish hits the floor..... BAM!

      December 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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