A Savannah man ended up at the hospital last weekend after he reportedly was accidentally shot by a fellow hunter at a Hinesville hunting club.
According to an incident report filed by Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Marchand, a group of 30 people were hunting deer Sunday morning at Hacks Hunting Club in Hinesville. Joel Hyden of Richmond Hill told the deputy that one hunter shot at but missed a deer that had come from the fire break in the woods. The deer circled back to the fire break and moved toward Hyden, who had been sitting in a tree stand. Hyden said he took a shot at the animal with his 12-gauge automatic shotgun but also missed. Hyden said the deer then walked between his tree stand and another tree stand occupied by a hunter identified as John Hudson of Savannah.
Hyden said he took another shot at the deer, which was facing him. The deer then turned around and Hyden took another shot at it, which is when he noticed Hudson holding his stomach.
Hyden learned Hudson had been hit, so he said he called 911. Emergency medical personnel treated Hudson and transported him by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where his condition currently is unknown.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dennis Davis said Hudson sustained a pellet wound to his stomach. The incident report did not include information about whether the deer was struck.