Boy, 11, dies in hunting accident

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 12:11 PM
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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Authorities in Dawsonville say an 11-year-old boy died after a gun accidentally discharged while he was hunting with his grandfather.

Dawson County Sheriff's Department spokesman Johnny Holtzclaw said the shooting happened just before 6 p.m. Friday at the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.

Holtzclaw said the boy died of injuries from a single gunshot wound late Friday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

Dawson County authorities did not immediately release the names of the boy or his grandfather.

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pommom38
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pommom38 10/10/09 - 01:08 pm
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Guns, Kid's, Hunting.. Bad

Guns, Kid's, Hunting.. Bad combination, sad he paid with his life.

WMartin
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WMartin 10/10/09 - 01:11 pm
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pommom: What a horrible thing

pommom: What a horrible thing to say! Don't work your sick little political agenda into someone else's tragedy!

TrueVoice
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TrueVoice 10/10/09 - 01:26 pm
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I'm with pommom. It is a

I'm with pommom. It is a tragedy but how many times must this happen before we realize it is not safe. An 11 year old can't smoke, drive a car, but somehow is qualified to handle a fire arm? God Bless the family.

AGR354
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AGR354 10/10/09 - 01:29 pm
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POMMOM38 keep your politics

POMMOM38 keep your politics out of this. Idiots, Liberals, Computers... Bad combination, sad you expose your stupidy

scoobynews
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scoobynews 10/10/09 - 01:35 pm
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Those of you jumping the

Those of you jumping the "gun" about children holding a weapon please show me where in the article it said the BOY was holding the gun. It is possible he was holding the weapon that discharged but if you READ the article it just says a gun discharged and not who was holding it. Just so you know children have been hunting with grandparents and parents since the beginning of civilization. How on earth do you think people ate over a 100 years ago - went to Walmart?? It was a tragic accident and a little boy is dead. His poor grandfather will never forget this tragic accident.

pommom38
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pommom38 10/10/09 - 01:47 pm
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Get over yourselves agr and

Get over yourselves agr and real, what the heck does politics have to do with this??? My statement has nothing to do with that, it was simply a statement about kids, guns, and hunting. But you are unimportant and what you think really doesn't concern me.
True Scoob, they may have been doing it for years, but that doesn't make it safe or responsible. And many kids have died from hunting accidents.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/10/09 - 01:58 pm
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Allot more kids drown in

Allot more kids drown in lakes and rivers, than are killed in hunting accidents. Are we to ban kids from swimming and fishing also?

pommom38
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pommom38 10/10/09 - 02:11 pm
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If they don't know how to

If they don't know how to swim, and/or don't have responsible adults around, then yep..
it's ya'lls issue if you don't agree with someone else, everyone has there opinion..

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 10/10/09 - 02:16 pm
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I feel terribly sorry for the

I feel terribly sorry for the family. An 11 year old cannot hunt without an adult present. Where was the grandfather? Was he with him when the accident happened? If so, this man will never get over this. Regardless of age, people need to know and use gun safety. If you don't, you don't need to hunt. Some people don't have enough sense to have a gun anyway, even if they have been taught gun safety.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 10/10/09 - 02:17 pm
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I agree with Scoobynews. I

I agree with Scoobynews. I don't hunt on WMA's, because you never know what kind of idiot is just over the hill.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 10/10/09 - 02:24 pm
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Accidents happen and aren't

Accidents happen and aren't always avoidable. Lets ban children from riding in cars, especially if the driver has ever had an infraction.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 10/10/09 - 02:30 pm
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Lets have all adults pass the

Lets have all adults pass the TABE test before allowing them to reproduce. (Tests of Adult Basic Education)

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 10/10/09 - 02:41 pm
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Do you think you would pass?

Do you think you would pass?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 10/10/09 - 02:43 pm
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I've maxed it out twice. I

I've maxed it out twice. I have no prob scanning it for you. How about yourself? BTW, I've been hunting alone since 13 yrs old.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 10/10/09 - 04:02 pm
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Every single person who has

Every single person who has eaten a carrot has died, or will die. Does that mean we should ban carrots?

tbird79dc
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tbird79dc 10/10/09 - 04:35 pm
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First of all the family is in

First of all the family is in my prayers!! Does anyone realize what happened here? I child was killed out hunting. Who gives a s@@@ about all the other crap that is being said here. It is a tragedy that a child was killed. The grandfather is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life. Anyone have a gun miss fire? Well it happens. I think most of you need to grow up. Everyone has their opinion but it is not the time or place to make your rude comments. Does anyone realize that the family maybe reading this. Start showing respect not idiocy. Does anyone realize that there is only two comments that says my thoughts or prayers are with the family?

mable8
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mable8 10/10/09 - 05:22 pm
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It is a tragic ending to an

It is a tragic ending to an otherwise exciting event--children have hunted with parents, grandparents, uncles for eons, but when a life is lost, it is indeed tragic. Today's children continue to hunt with the adults in their family and I see nothing wrong about this. Most of today's children have had gun safety courses, but even adults have accidents. Prayers and condolences to the family.

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justus4 10/10/09 - 05:47 pm
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The result of individual
Unpublished

The result of individual citizens belief that weapons somehow makes one a man. This kid should not have been placed in such dangerous circumstances, therefore, the government MUST step in where parents & grandparents are acting irresponsible. Harsh treatment U say, well thats what governments do. This is risky behavior and should be considered, further, that the adult responsible should be charged with a crime. A kid is dead. He didn't have a choice. Those adults made him go hunting. Where is all that "personal responsibility" ya'll always talkin' 'bout? This kid deserved better adult supervision and criminal charges are in order.

increasethepeace
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increasethepeace 10/10/09 - 06:57 pm
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My thoughts and prayers go

My thoughts and prayers go out to this child and his family. AugustaChronicle: if you aren't going to monitor the comments left on these articles, why don't you just not let it be an option to leave comments. There are too many rude and hateful people that apparently read this website that have nothing better to do than voice their opinion on articles like this.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 10/10/09 - 07:57 pm
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LOL at the 6:57 comment.

LOL at the 6:57 comment. Maybe we should ban free speech while we're at it.

Pu239
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Pu239 10/10/09 - 08:17 pm
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Hey Champ? Wanna go Huntin'?
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Hey Champ? Wanna go Huntin'? You can bring your Daddy...is he still over in Estill?

fred1217
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fred1217 10/10/09 - 09:33 pm
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Pu239, scroll back up and

Pu239, scroll back up and read the article again. An 11 year old child died yesterday. His family is no doubt grieving. Your comment, though protected under Free Speech, is truly tasteless. I didn't know this child or his family, but he deserves respect.

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CobaltGeorge 10/10/09 - 09:45 pm
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The grandfather died with his

The grandfather died with his grandson. The tragedy of this unfortunate death will live forever and destroy the life's of all that are involved. That grandfather loved that son more than you will ever know. 11 years olds are not too young to hunt when they have been properly shown how to respect and fire a weapon. My five sons was shooting 22's to 7mm Remington magnum since they were 10 and 11, and my 4 grandsons are also will trained on the use of a weapon. A gun has never killed anybody until it is in the hands of a human, mostly by a human that has intentions to kill. I feel so sorry for this grandfather and family that I can say no words to express my feelings. I Love this grandfather taking him hunting. If many other grandfathers and fathers did the same instead of having a child see booze, drugs, wild parties, wife beating and taught how to hate the world, there would be a hell of a lot less deaths that we read about daily. I have complete feelings for the family. Kiss my A## pommon38 and justus4!

Pu239
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Pu239 10/10/09 - 09:58 pm
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Fred...I was addressing
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Fred...I was addressing Justus....Yes, my comment is protected and so is yours. You are correct this is a tragic event for this family and Justus in his infinite stupidity wants criminal charges brought against a greiving family. I think you should read Champ/Justus comments and read him the riot act too. Do you have the common decency to follow up and debunk Justus/Champ?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 10/10/09 - 11:04 pm
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Justus you are still a moron.

Justus you are still a moron.

disssman
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disssman 10/10/09 - 11:32 pm
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Andywarhol I have also

Andywarhol I have also handled firearms since I was very young. Without knowing what happened it is a real tragedy and the Grandpa will live the rest of his life blaming himself. What everyone else should be doing is asking themselves just how safe they are when hunting with kids around. Sometimes we should demand things that we normally wouldn't if everyone on the hunt was an adult. I really feel sorry for the family but accidents happen.

Jillian
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Jillian 10/10/09 - 11:37 pm
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I was taught gun safety

I was taught gun safety before the age of ten and often went hunting with my uncle. It was a wonderful experience and a priviledge I earned by following safety procedures long before my first hunting trip.

I recommend gun safety courses be taught early. Of course accidents can and will happen sometimes despite the best of precautions. People get killed in car accidents but that doesn't stop us from having laws demanding a test be taken before they are given a drivers license.

My prayers are with this family. What a horrible tragedy.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/11/09 - 06:24 am
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This story has no details

This story has no details other than the accidental shooting took place.

smartie
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smartie 10/11/09 - 06:40 am
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truevoice, firstly, it

truevoice, firstly, it doesn't happen so often. it's actually quite rare. their's a whole lot of young kids hunting across our great country, and doing it safely because they've been educated. trust me, their's going to be more of them, percentage wise, killed in automobile accidents than hunting accidents. secondly, maybe you should read your metro section, and see how many kids are actually shooting each other in augusta, and other cities that share the same demographics. perhaps, you might consider a way to keep the guns out of these thugs hands before you try to take them away from a nice young man who died tragically as the result of an accident.

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xanadu 10/11/09 - 08:09 am
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Sympathies to the family for

Sympathies to the family for their loss. I can only imagine how this grandaddy feels now; everyone needs to put themselves in his shoes and remember that fate is a fickle lady. never know who she's gonna point her finger at next, so count your blessings, say a prayer for him and the poor little boy, and count your blessings.

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