Gun Safety Inside and Outside
The hunter had a strange look on his face. He seemed to be looking at something and staring into space at the same time. I wanted to ask him about it but couldn’t. He had a bullet wound in his lower back and had been dead for over 24 hours. My partner and I stood over him while the search party stayed well back. I remember it got very quiet and all I could hear were a few insects buzzing in the early fall woods.
When I went to work as a Conservation Officer with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) I had no idea I would see so much death in the line of duty. I saw vehicle and boating accidents, drownings, suicides, and murders, but mostly firearms-related accidents associated with hunting. I retired as a District Captain after 36 years with some pretty strong opinions on what hunters can do to protect themselves with firearms in a vehicle, outside a vehicle and in a blind.
[Editor's note: Please click through this Realtree.com photo gallery, first published on Aug. 29, 2017.]