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Tillamook Man Injured After Unattended Shotgun Discharges in Boat
11/22/2008
Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl
Oregon State Police - Fish and Wildlife Division
Phone: 503-815-3373

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A Tillamook-area man was injured Saturday morning while duck hunting when his shotgun discharged after it may have been contacted by his dog and struck him in the leg as he was outside his boat.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl, on November 22, 2008 at approximately 7:20 a.m. MATTHEW MARKUM, age 23, was duck hunting with his 20-year old brother on Tillamook Bay near Bay City using an 11-foot open aluminum boat to go from the land to their decoys. The men were accompanied by their 3-year old male Yellow Labrador.
 
While both hunters were outside of the boat, the dog and MATTHEW's loaded 12 gauge shotgun were inside the boat when the shotgun discharged. The shotgun round put a hole in the left side of the boat and struck MATTHEW's leg.
 
His brother immediately transported him in the boat to the bank where medical attention was provided by Tillamook Ambulance. The injured hunter was transported to Tillamook County General Hospital and eventually transferred to Emanuel Hospital for further treatment.
 
Sergeant Hoodenpyl noticed while securing the shotgun that the safety was in the off position, something which is an important reminder to anyone transporting or carrying a loaded weapon.
 
"Hunting accidents can be prevented by following safety guidelines. This includes always keeping the firearm's safety on when not using the firearm," said Hoodenpyl.