Two shooting accidents on Saturday marred the opening day of the 2010 bird hunting season. Neither incident caused a life-threatening injury.
In Charleston, a teenager suffered a gunshot wound to the hand when he lunged to prevent a shotgun from falling to the ground. The incident occurred after the boy’s three hunting companions had leaned their firearms against a truck parked on Ridge Road in Charleston. One shotgun tipped over, knocking over another shotgun. The 15-year-old lunged to catch the second gun before it hit the ground. The gun went off as he grabbed the end of the barrel, according to Sgt. Christopher Simmons of the Maine Warden Service.
The teen was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he underwent surgery late Saturday afternoon.
In Fairfield, the Maine Warden Service is investigating another accident involving twin 12-year-old brothers. The brothers were hunting for woodcock and grouse with their father on Covell Road in Fairfield. At approximately 10 a.m. the group flushed a woodcock. One of the boys fired at the bird, hitting his brother instead, ac-cording to warden Tom McKenney. The boy was taken to the hospital for treatment and released soon after.