Hickman man injured in hunting incident in Buffalo County

Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 10:18 AM CST
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BUFFALO COUNTY, Neb. (KSNB) - A Hickman man was taken to CHI Health Good Samaritan following a hunting incident Friday morning in Buffalo County.

It happened at 8:45 a.m. along the Platte River.

Nebraska Game and Parks said the man was taken to the hospital for injuries to his arm that were not life threatening. An initial review of the scene showed he was unintentionally shot at close range by another member of his hunting party.

The incident remains under investigation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office and the Kearney Police Department assisted at the scene.

This was the second hunting incident reported in 2022.

Then on Saturday morning, an Omaha man was injured along the Platte River near Yutan in a hunting incident, where he was accidently shot by someone he was hunting with.

Since the introduction of mandatory hunter education and hunter orange requirements in Nebraska, annual hunting incidents have decreased by over 70%.

Hunters are reminded to follow the four primary rules of firearm safety to greatly reduce the risk of causing a hunting incident:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always point the muzzle of your firearm in a safe direction.
  • Be sure of your target, what is in front of it, and what is beyond it.
  • Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.