Accidents happen, but this Arkansas duck hunter will never forget this one.
Most hunters always try to use safety measures and precautions, but sometimes bad things just happen. This story involves real people, real pain and real consequences, so there's no need to call anyone out.
While duck hunting in Arkansas, a group of hunters heard an unexpected gun shot, and this young hunter was unfortunately in the line of fire.
JT Colvin was actually very lucky because it could've been much worse. Below is how the accident unfolded from his father's perspective.
"JT had went duck hunting with two of his buddies on Lake Conway! They had finished setting up the decoy spread and standing around the cypress trees. One of his buddies started feeling sick to his stomach, so they decided to take him home. So they started to gather up their guns. One of the guns didn't have a sling on it so they had set it up on the cypress limbs to keep it out of the water. His buddy reached up to get it and it snagged on a limb and went off. The shot hit JT in the right shoulder blade and knocked him down into the water. JT gets out on the bank thinking that he wasn't shot and maybe it had just went through his wader jacket. He removes his coat, hoodie and shirt to see what the damage was. So he had his buddy take a picture. JT decides that it's just a flesh wound and wants to continue hunting. Puts back on his clothes, while his buddy is talking him into going to the house (hard headed boy). So JT takes the sick buddy home and then come to the house. That's when he walks into our bedroom and turns on the light and says quietly and calmly, Mom, Dad. I look up and see him standing with his back turned to me with this big nasty hole in it! My first thought was he had been attacked by a dog. Looked like a dog bite at first glance anyways. I asked what the heck happened to your back. He looks over his shoulder and says, Oh I got shot! Scared me and Kara to death!
He has been a trooper through all of this! He just looked at me as I'm typing this and said, I hope that this will save some people!
Keep JT in your prayers and also his two buddies! No one was at fault in this, it was an accident! The healing will take awhile, both physically and mentally!"
JT eventually went to the hospital where physicians began to providing the proper cleaning and care to his shoulder area. Doctors counted a staggering 72 pellets in his back and shoulder which would then call for surgery.
The first round of surgery was a success, as they were able to remove 28 pellets. The next day, doctors went back in for a second surgery and were able to remove another eight.
If you're keeping count, that's a total of 36 pellets, which leaves 36 more. But, for medical purposes, the other 36 pellets will stay in his body forever. Talk about having a story for the ladies with that one!
Shockingly enough, he has a wound vac and the doctors don't think he'll need a skin graft. They also don't expect very much muscle damage due to the trajectory of the shot. All things considered, it's safe to say he was to lucky to sneak away from this one the way he did. The first photo below is of the wound after doctors cleaned it, and the second is after they installed the wound vac.
Stuff like this can happen oh so easily. The moral of this story is to ALWAYS have the safety on if you're not shooting, even when the gun isn't in someone's possession. Of course we all know these rules, but we need to emphasize them to avoid things like this from happening.
Be safe out there and put your guns on safety when not shooting them! Hopefully JT can recover quickly and get back to duck hunting soon!