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Teen Killed In Dubois County Hunting Accident

ST. ANTHONY, Ind. — State wildlife officials said a 15-year-old boy died after he was shot while deer hunting in southern Indiana.

State conservation officers said Nicholas Messmer, of French Lick, was wounded while hunting with a family member Sunday afternoon near the Dubois County town of St. Anthony.

READ MORE: Teen Killed In Apparent Hunting Accident – Indiana News Story – WRTV Indianapolis.

NE Indiana hunter dies after fight with deer

ALBION – A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain O’Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city. It says the Noble County coroner says the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.

READ MORE: NE Indiana hunter dies after tussle with shot buck – 13 WTHR.


More from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

ALBION – Indiana Conservation Officers have closed the investigation of a hunter’s death at Chain O’Lakes State Park after the Noble County Coroner’s office ruled the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly from an encounter the hunter had with a deer he shot.

Paul J. Smith, 62, of Fort Wayne, died Monday while participating in the deer reduction hunt at Chain O’Lakes.

According to Conservation Officer Erick Bolt of DNR Law Enforcement, Smith called his son shortly after 9 a.m. and left a voice message that he’d shot a buck. When Smith’s son returned the called around 10:30 a.m., Smith told him that after descending from his treestand to field dress and tag the deer, he discovered the deer was still alive. Smith told his son he scuffled with the deer before killing it with a knife.

Cpl. Bolt said Smith called park officials by cell phone at about 12:30 p.m. to request help in transporting a deer to the reduction hunt check-in station.

A park employee who went to retrieve the deer found Smith unconscious and seated against a tree and relayed Smith’s condition to park officials. Chain O’Lakes property manager Sam Boggs and Indiana Conservation Officer Darren Reed immediately responded. Reed was off duty but at the park as a participant in the deer reduction hunt.

Reed and Boggs attempted to revive Smith with a portable defibrillator but got no response. They initiated CPR until EMS first responders arrived and pronounced Smith dead at the scene.

The coroner’s autopsy revealed lacerations on Smith’s liver that were in line with internal bruising.

Hiker breaks leg at Mississinewa

A northwest Indiana 10-year-old broke her leg Sunday afternoon when a dead tree fell on it during a hike at Mississinewa Reservoir, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said today.

Brooke Price of LaPorte was in stable condition at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, and was expected to be released Tuesday, the DNR said in a statement.

READ MORE: JournalGazette.net – home page | The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN.

Squirrel hunter shoots deer hunter near North Webster

Conservation Officers are investigating the shooting of a deer hunter Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m.

3 juveniles were squirrel hunting on the DNR Tri-County Fish & Wildlife property. A 16-year-old hunter reported that he fired two shots at what he thought was a squirrel when 33-year-old Trenton Wogoman shouted, “you shot me!”

READ MORE: Squirrel hunter accidentally shoots a deer hunter in North Webster | ABC57 | South Bend IN News, Weather and Sports | Top Stories.

No more teak surfing in Indiana

Talk about a one-and-done.

There is a new law that took effect on July 1 that bans “Teak Surfing.”  We didn’t give this legislation much thought until we read a description of this latest technique to suffer catastrophic injury and possible death.

Apparently teak surfing is the act of hanging onto the stern swim platform of a moving speedboat.   At some point, the swimmer lets go of the platform and body-surf’s the boat’s wake.  The term originated from the fact that many swim platforms are made of teak wood.

Let’s stop and consider the practicalities of this sport.   During teak surfing, the swimmer will suspend his body (we are making a wild guess that this primarily involves males, likely fueled by beer) two or three feet above a whirling  steel blade, all while being bathed in the exhaust fumes from the engine.

Call us wimps but this doesn’t seem like the smartest way to spend a hot summer afternoon.

While teak surfing is undoubtedly a thrill, there are other good, and safer, ways to get your kicks.  For example, try taunting grizzly bears while carrying a large ham in your backpack or spend a few hours being Casey Anthony’s bodyguard.

You are much more likely to survive with all your digits intact.

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