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Hunter shoots shoots foot, loses toe in Shutesbury

SHUTESBURY — This weekend was the end of black powder deer hunting season, and an Amherst resident shot more than he was looking for Saturday when he put a .50-caliber bullet through his foot.

The 50-year-old man was hunting in the woods east of the Town Hall on Cooleyville Road with a group of other hunters when the accident occurred, said Shutesbury Police Chief Thomas E. Harding.

“(He) was unloading his black powder, .50-caliber rifle when it discharged into his left foot,” Harding said. The man ultimately lost his toe. The mechanics of the accident were unclear.

Harding said one of the group arrived at the police station, located in the Town Hall, to report the accident at 2:45 p.m., by which time the injured hunter was out behind the Town Hall.

The Amherst Fire Department Ambulance Service transported the man to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where, Harding said, according to the report the man’s left big toe had to be amputated. Harding said the man was otherwise fine.

The Massachusetts Environmental Police were notified and are investigating the incident, as they do all hunting and fishing accidents.

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