West Virginia boy killed by accidental gunshot while hunting
An 11-year-old boy has died after an accidental gunshot wound while hunting with his father. The incident occurred on Thanksgiving morning on Bear Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The victim’s name has not been released and the incident is still under investigation, according to Channel 8 News.
West Virginia Natural Resources Police, West Virginia State Police, Virginia Conservation Police and the Highland County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.
Unfortunately, these incidents are a stark reminder of the importance of firearm safety and responsible gun handling. GOHUNT’s Trail Kreizter outlines critical points of firearm safety, which every seasoned hunter should review.
The article includes:
- Treating every gun as if it were loaded.
- Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
- Ensuring the barrel and action are free of obstructions.
- Being aware of your target – including what’s in front of it and behind it.
- Never point your gun at anything unless you intend to shoot.
- Keeping your finger off the trigger unless you intend to shoot.
Trail also offers tips on climbing fences or other obstructions with a loaded weapon and how to discuss gun safety before you head out to hunt as a group.
Everyone at GOHUNT sends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the 11-year-old boy killed in the incident last week.