TOWNSHIP 8 RANGE 3, Maine — A hunter from Auburn was injured Friday in both legs when he was hit by birdshot fired by another man in his party while grouse hunting in northern Maine.
Scott Dumont, 40, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening when he was struck by birdshot fired at a grouse by Stephen R. Cote, 43, of Auburn, according to statements given to the Maine Warden Service.
Dumont, Cote and another man were hunting off Number Nine Lake Road in T8 R3 WELS around 9:30 a.m. Friday when they saw a grouse fly into the woods off a dirt logging road. Two of the men spread out about 50 feet and followed it.
According to statements given to wardens, the grouse flushed between the hunters and Cote fired one time with his 12-gauge shotgun and struck Dumont.
Dumont drove himself to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle for treatment.
“Although these men were not required to wear one article of hunter orange clothing like they will have to next week [during the moose hunt], it is always a good idea to wear orange and to always know where other members of the party are located,” said Maine Warden Service Lt. Thomas Ward. None of the men was wearing hunter orange.
The case remains under investigation.
Lt. Ward, Sgt. Dan Menard, and Wardens Charles Brown, Eric Rudolph and Kevin Pelkey are working this incident.