Forum staff reports, Published November 07 2010
2 separate hunting accidents reported in Otter Tail CountyOTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. – Authorities here responded to two separate hunting accidents this weekend that sent two people to the hospital.
Around 3 p.m. Saturday, 24-year-old Melissa Johnson of Henning was hunting east of Perham in a wooden deer stand on privately owned land, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office said.
The wooden floor of the deer stand suddenly collapsed and Johnson fell about five feet to the ground, suffering injuries to the lower parts of her legs. Johnson was taken by ambulance to Perham Memorial Hospital, authorities said.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to a separate incident about 4:30 p.m. Saturday near Richville.
A 16-year-old male from Richville was resting the muzzle of a rifle on his boot when he heard a deer and grabbed the rifle, the Sheriff’s Office said. The rifle went off and the male suffered a gunshot wound to the left foot.
He was taken to Sanford Health in Fargo with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, authorities said. The male was not identified.