Man injured in Baker County hunting mishap
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Media contact: Officer Jeff Summers, 386-758-0525
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) is investigating a Tuesday afternoon hunting
accident that left a Duval County man injured.
Investigators say Anthony McDaniel, 39, of Baldwin,
was stalk-hunting for deer by himself in the Osceola National
Forest near forest roads 211 and 284 in Baker County when he
tripped and fell. His .30-06 rifle discharged, and the bullet
struck him in the right ankle. McDaniel crawled and dragged himself
approximately ½ mile to his vehicle, where he called 911 around 5
McDaniel was air-lifted to Shands Hospital in
Jacksonville, where he remains hospitalized with a serious ankle
and foot injury.
FWC Officer Jeff Summers said there are several
safety tips all hunters should follow this time of year.
"Whether hunting alone or in a group, someone
should carry a cell phone for those unforeseen emergencies,"
Summers said. "They should wear hunter orange to identify
themselves to other hunters, and they should always follow safe
Summers encourages all hunters to enroll in the
FWC's 16-hour hunter safety course. For information about the
course, contact the Lake City office at 386-758-0525.