Cops: Goose Hunter Shot Himself Dead
NJ man was hunting with father
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2014 9:56 PM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2014 12:45 AM CST
Canada geese in flight.   (AP Photo/North Dakota Game and Fish Department, File)

(Newser) – A man out hunting Canada geese with his father appears to have accidentally shot himself dead, according to police in West Windsor, NJ. Police say the 45-year-old man was in a hunting blind with his father in a wooded area of property they owned when he was shot in the head and neck Saturday afternoon, the Times of Trenton reports. Early reports said the man may have been shot by his father, who is in his 70s, but an investigation found that the man was shot with his own firearm, reports the Trentonian.

The man's name is being withheld pending notification of family members. "The victim and his father were the only two people in the hunting party," police said in a statement. "The two had Canadian Geese decoys spread out in front of their blind and were properly licensed to hunt the birds. Although incredibly tragic, it is believed that the incident was solely an accident and condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim." (In Australia earlier this fall, a goose hunter nearly became a crocodile's lunch.)