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October 05, 2012

Man Shoots Himself in the Head while Illegally Rifle-Fishing for Salmon

By Joe Cermele

And yet another entry into the "Hold My Beer" file. According to this story on the website of KROTV, last Sunday, a 51-year-old gentleman decided to try a shortcut to dinner by way of taking a shot at a salmon on the Deschutes River in Oregon with a .22 rifle. Well, he missed the fish. But he did hit a rock right next to it, causing the bullet to ricochet and hit him in the head.

The man (who's name isn't mentioned and who declined to be interviewed) lived to tell the tale. He's just blind in one eye now. If shooting your eye out a la "A Christmas Story" isn't embarrassing and traumatizing enough, once he recovers he'll have to face the music from the local sheriff's office and Department of Fish & Wildlife. The maximum penalty for shooting a fish with a gun is one year in jail, according to the story.

That's a tough break considering you can eat all the teriyaki salmon you want for $10 at the Old Country Buffet. Have a great (and safe) weekend. 

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from goin2themountains wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

This story has so many kinds of wrong it is unbelievable, but yes, I knew of more than one person with this kind of stupid while growing up. I think maybe a couple of them lived.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Hi...

Talk about a 'hard to believe' story.

A .22 bullet fired into water will only travel a few inches. But fired into water, hitting a rock and then bouncing back through the same water? And hitting the person with enough force to take out an eye?

Sounds more like a fragment of a rock was sent up by the bullet.

But, I wasn't right there, so who knows, eh?

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from Robert Dawson wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Jeff Foxworthy has a new "you may be a redneck" story

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from BackRoad600 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I guess you can't cure stupidity...It even says on boxes of bbs "Do not shoot at water or hard, flat objects, may ricochet" or something like that...

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from jbell6826 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I love karma!

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from murdock32 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I think it sounds like a Fish Story. I remember some one doing the same, without the ricochet. And no fish either. We were around 12 as I recall.

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from circle8 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

This man and his off spring need to be removed from the DNA pool.

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from rjw wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

You can't make this stuff up.

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from Steve Watrous wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

It's all fun and games until someone puts an eye out!

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Stupid web site. I’ll bet it runs with scissors.

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from HelloStrega wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

I've had the teriyaki salmon at old country buffet, he might be better off anyway...

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from Tom Wakefield wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Unfortunately the story is factually wrong in that this event occurred on the Deschutes River in Olympia Washington.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Bullet probably passed in one ear, and out the other, and did no damage.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Just two things come to mind. First he must have had a really well trained Retriever. Second the advice my Dad gave me "If you must drink. Drink something that smells, so they know your drunk and not stupid".

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Pathfinder, obviously you have never fired a .22 at water! They ricochet very much, thank you. My brother and I would pop turtles with .22 when we were kids and hardly anybody lived on the lake. The slugs were flying all over the place!

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from Trapper Vic wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

This guy shouldn't own anything more dangerous than a redrider BB gun! He could still put the other eye out;)
Christmas Story!

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from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Also pathfinder, the story didn't say that the rock was underwater. The rock could have been out of the water but close enough to the fish that the bullet his the surface of the exposed rock.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Hi...

Ontario Honker. Thanks for pointing out that a .22 can ricochet across flat water..although that may be common knowledge.

But wouldn't such a ricochet continue to fly AWAY from the shooter? I don't know of any way that it could then ricochet back TOWARD the shooter.

Anyway, thanks for reading the post, and expressing your opinion.

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from Big O wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

NOT saying stupid people should be killed, BUT taking warning lables off products and letting nature take its course MIGHT be a GOOD idea.

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from kmcbroom wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

POETIC JUSTICE!

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

An eye for an eye.
God works in mysterious ways, even on flat water.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Just two things come to mind. First he must have had a really well trained Retriever. Second the advice my Dad gave me "If you must drink. Drink something that smells, so they know your drunk and not stupid".

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Bullet probably passed in one ear, and out the other, and did no damage.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Hi...

Talk about a 'hard to believe' story.

A .22 bullet fired into water will only travel a few inches. But fired into water, hitting a rock and then bouncing back through the same water? And hitting the person with enough force to take out an eye?

Sounds more like a fragment of a rock was sent up by the bullet.

But, I wasn't right there, so who knows, eh?

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from murdock32 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I think it sounds like a Fish Story. I remember some one doing the same, without the ricochet. And no fish either. We were around 12 as I recall.

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from rjw wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

You can't make this stuff up.

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from kmcbroom wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

POETIC JUSTICE!

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from Big O wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

NOT saying stupid people should be killed, BUT taking warning lables off products and letting nature take its course MIGHT be a GOOD idea.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

This guy shouldn't own anything more dangerous than a redrider BB gun! He could still put the other eye out;)
Christmas Story!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Pathfinder, obviously you have never fired a .22 at water! They ricochet very much, thank you. My brother and I would pop turtles with .22 when we were kids and hardly anybody lived on the lake. The slugs were flying all over the place!

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from goin2themountains wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

This story has so many kinds of wrong it is unbelievable, but yes, I knew of more than one person with this kind of stupid while growing up. I think maybe a couple of them lived.

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from HelloStrega wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

I've had the teriyaki salmon at old country buffet, he might be better off anyway...

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from jbell6826 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I love karma!

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from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Also pathfinder, the story didn't say that the rock was underwater. The rock could have been out of the water but close enough to the fish that the bullet his the surface of the exposed rock.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Stupid web site. I’ll bet it runs with scissors.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

An eye for an eye.
God works in mysterious ways, even on flat water.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Hi...

Ontario Honker. Thanks for pointing out that a .22 can ricochet across flat water..although that may be common knowledge.

But wouldn't such a ricochet continue to fly AWAY from the shooter? I don't know of any way that it could then ricochet back TOWARD the shooter.

Anyway, thanks for reading the post, and expressing your opinion.

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from BackRoad600 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I guess you can't cure stupidity...It even says on boxes of bbs "Do not shoot at water or hard, flat objects, may ricochet" or something like that...

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from circle8 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

This man and his off spring need to be removed from the DNA pool.

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from Steve Watrous wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

It's all fun and games until someone puts an eye out!

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from Tom Wakefield wrote 1 year 27 weeks ago

Unfortunately the story is factually wrong in that this event occurred on the Deschutes River in Olympia Washington.

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from Robert Dawson wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Jeff Foxworthy has a new "you may be a redneck" story

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