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Dog Shoots Hunter with Shotgun in Iowa

This hunter won’t make the same mistake twice.

When this hunter felt birdshot pellets hit him in the back, he probably didn’t expect them to be from his own dog.

Pheasants Forever

William Rancourt, a 36-year-old hunter from Lebanon, New Hampshire, had a very bad day of hunting pheasants in Iowa. Then again, it’s never a good day when your dog shoots you.

While hunting, he set his loaded shotgun on the ground. The dog then reportedly stepped on the trigger of his 12-gauge shotgun, blasting Rancourt with birdshot from about 22 yards away.

There were three other hunters and two other dogs in the group.

His birdshot injuries to his back were moderate and X-rays were used to be sure all the pellets were removed.

Is this dog still this man’s best friend? Should it be charged with attempted murder? A loaded shotgun on the ground was just too much temptation for it to endure, right?

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Dog Shoots Hunter with Shotgun in Iowa