A Hickman man was injured in a hunting incident at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 18 along the Platte River in Buffalo County.
The man was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney for injuries to his arm that were not life threatening. An initial review of the scene showed he was unintentionally shot at close range by another member of his hunting party.
This is only the second hunting incident reported in 2022.
Since the introduction of mandatory hunter education and hunter orange requirements in Nebraska, annual hunting incidents have decreased by over 70%.
Hunters are reminded to follow the four primary rules of firearm safety to greatly reduce the risk of causing a hunting incident:
- Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
- Always point the muzzle of your firearm in a safe direction.
- Be sure of your target, what is in front of it, and what is beyond it.
- Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.
The incident remains under investigation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office and the Kearney Police Department assisted at the scene.