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The reason why safety is paramount on any hunting trip was recently, once again, tragically highlighted. At 10am on Saturday, June 13, 9 year old Callen Little was shot dead while pheasant hunting with his grandfather.

The accident happened when the youngster stepped out of the hunting blind just as his grandfather aimed and shot his shotgun at a pheasant on private land, the Nine Bar Ranch. According to the website, the private 12,000 acre ranch, owned by the Waggoner-Sauder family offers exotic hunting experiences which include pheasant.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker has said that it is a tragic accident, but the circumstances are still under investigation.

According to the criminal investigators from the Sheriff’s Department and emergency crews, Callen was found shot once at the scene. He was taken to the nearest hospital, the Wise Regional Health System but was pronounced dead there.

An autopsy will be carried out at the Dallas County Medical examiner’s office, but has not occurred yet. Once completed, the findings will be reviewed by the Wise County district attorney’s office.

A ‘gofundme account’ was created to provide financial assistance to the parents of the young boy. In just 24 hours, the account had raised $31,100.

While a tragic accident, it is yet another reminder of the safety precautions that must be followed while hunting, especially with young children. For most hunting groups this includes wearing orange, high visibility jackets at all times while in the field. Hunters should also regularly communicate with each other and not cross into each other’s field of fire.

Finally, children must be properly supervised. Otherwise they could stray into areas that are dangerous. This might mean having one member of the group who stays and looks after the children and does not get involved in the hunting.

What safety precautions do you recommend? How can this accident be prevented from happening again?

Let us know in the comments below.

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