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Man injured in Baker County hunting mishap

News Release

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Media contact: Officer Jeff Summers, 386-758-0525

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a Tuesday afternoon hunting accident that left a Duval County man injured.

Investigators say Anthony McDaniel, 39, of Baldwin, was stalk-hunting for deer by himself in the Osceola National Forest near forest roads 211 and 284 in Baker County when he tripped and fell. His .30-06 rifle discharged, and the bullet struck him in the right ankle. McDaniel crawled and dragged himself approximately ½ mile to his vehicle, where he called 911 around 5 p.m.

McDaniel was air-lifted to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, where he remains hospitalized with a serious ankle and foot injury.

FWC Officer Jeff Summers said there are several safety tips all hunters should follow this time of year.

"Whether hunting alone or in a group, someone should carry a cell phone for those unforeseen emergencies," Summers said. "They should wear hunter orange to identify themselves to other hunters, and they should always follow safe gun-handling practices."

Summers encourages all hunters to enroll in the FWC's 16-hour hunter safety course. For information about the course, contact the Lake City office at 386-758-0525.

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