The man was seriously injured after receiving shards of lead in the face and hands during a woodcock hunt.
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A hunter in his thirties was taken into custody after injuring another 47-year-old hunter on Thursday 11 November around 11:30 am in Montauban in the Tarn-et-Garonne, France Bleu Occitanie learned from the prosecution and the firefighters. The man was seriously injured after receiving shards of lead in the face and hands during a woodcock hunt.
The accident took place on Chemin de la Mirel, south of the city. The victim was hospitalized in serious condition but his vital prognosis is not engaged. An investigation is opened to determine the circumstances of the accident.
Since 2000, there have been 3,325 hunting accidents in France, which have caused the death of 421 people, according to the French Biodiversity Office and the National Hunting Federation. The Office points out that, since 2000, the number of accidents has fallen by 40% and the number of deaths by nearly 70%.
Nine times out of ten, the victim is a hunter: the shooter himself or another hunter. Three times out of ten, it is about an “auto accident”: a bad handling of the rifle or a fall with the loaded weapon. The majority of accidents occur when hunting large furry game, such as wild boar.
These figures are criticized by anti-hunting activists because they do not take into account shots that kill or injure pets, or bullets that end their race in a home or a car.