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Three deer hunters hurt on opening day

November 28, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

An Ijamsville, Md., man hunting near his home early Saturday was flown to a hospital after being shot by another hunter in a tree stand, according to a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesman.

Charles R. Montgomery, 54, was one of three hunters injured in accidents in Washington and Frederick counties on Saturday, the opening day of deer firearms season in Maryland, according to Natural Resources Police spokesman John Surrick.

James R. Remsburg Jr., 28, of the 5600 block of Poole Road in Jefferson, Md., was hunting from a tree stand in the rear of the 9100 block of Ball Road at about 6:15 a.m. when he saw something move and shot at it, Surrick said.

Montgomery, of the 9100 block of Ball Road, was shot in the right shoulder from an approximate 25-yard distance, he said.

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He was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where he was in fair condition Saturday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

At approximately the same time, Lonnie W. Hughes, 40, of Boonsboro, was shot in the hand when a black powder rifle accidentally went off as his father handed the gun up to him in a tree stand, Surrick said.

The accident happened in the woods behind Hughes' home in the 5900 block of Moser Road, he said.

Apparently, the gun was half-cocked and the trigger was bumped by a branch or twig as Hughes grabbed the barrel, Surrick said.

Hughes was taken to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, where he had surgery to his hand and will probably be released today, according to a nurse.

A Frederick, Md., woman was hunting from a tree stand on Stewart's Hill Road in Frederick County at about 7:15 a.m. when the recoil from her gun knocked her out of the stand, Surrick said.

Janis Smith, 44, had just fired at a deer, he said.

Smith got up and got the deer before driving herself to Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Surrick said.

She was treated and released, according to an emergency room attendant.

With roughly 70,000 to 80,000 hunters in the woods, some accidents occasionally will happen, Surrick said.

But most hunting accidents like these can be easily avoided by following a few simple precautions, he said.

- Always identify your target before you shoot, Surrick said.

- A safety harness is recommended when using a tree stand to prevent falls, he said.

- Never lift a loaded weapon up to or down from a tree stand, Surrick said.

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