Troopers respond to hunting accident in Centre County


UPDATE: CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — New details have been released Friday about a hunting accident in Centre County that left a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.

The accidental shooting of the young hunter occurred Thursday as a group of hunters were driving deer in a remote area of Rush Township near Huckleberry and Meyers Run roads, according to Mike Steingraber, Game Warden Supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

 Steingraber said since the Game Commission investigation into what happened remains ongoing and the victim is a juvenile, he could only provide limited details at this point.

The early afternoon accident occurred when the group of hunters were walking through the woods to push out deer in an area thick with mountain laurel. The deer turned and ran back toward the line of hunters walking through the woods and that’s when the boy was shot, Steingraber said.

The shooter said he didn’t see the orange and thought the drivers were in another spot.

Mike Steingraber

According to Steingraber, the juvenile’s wound was not fatal and the game wardens are continuing their investigation to decide if any citations will be filed.

(WTAJ) — Emergency responders were called out around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday for a hunting accident in Centre County.

Few details are available at this time. State Police Trooper Christopher Fox said troopers are in the area of Huckleberry Road and Meyers Run Road in Rush Township to assist the Pennsylvania Game Commission in what is being called a hunting accident.

According to transmission by a paramedic on the scene, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen by a rifle. He also had his wrist grazed.

The paramedic at the scene said the teen remained conscious and alert. He was transported to the hospital via a medical helicopter.

The Game Commission is leading the investigation with assistance from state police.


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