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Bowhunter injured in hunting accident

News Release

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

A Fleming Island resident was injured in a hunting accident Wednesday evening, according to officials at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

John Whigham, 36, was injured in the Jennings Forest Wildlife Management Area in Clay County during an archery hunt with Randy Pritchard, 40, Middleburg.

The two men were hunting off Turpentine Road.  At approximately 7:30 p.m., Whigham was returning to Pritchard's tree stand when he was shot with an arrow, investigators said.

Pritchard immediately helped his friend out of the woods to an intersection to meet emergency medical personnel.  An ambulance then carried Whigham to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.

Pritchard remained on the scene and explained to officials what happened.

Whigham's injuries were not life-threatening, according to FWC officials.

Clay County Sheriff's Office personnel and Clay County Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene.

FWC officials are continuing the investigation.



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