A Steuben County man was shot during a hunting trip in the Town of Cohocton, according to NYS (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police.
It happened on the morning of May 15th. ECO said they received a call from Steuben County 911 reporting that one adult male had been admitted to Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville with a gunshot wound suffered while turkey hunting in the town of Cohocton.
The man suffered only minor injuries from a pellet lodged in his middle finger, ECO said.
The man said he and his hunting partner had set up two turkey decoys in a field that morning and returned to separate parts of the field where they could not see each other. The subject attempted to set up a third decoy without notifying his hunting partner. Dressed in camouflage and carrying the decoy in front of him, the man began to move through a hedgerow and out into the field. The hunting partner saw what he thought was a real turkey and fired one shot, striking the subject.
DEC would like to remind all hunters to follow the four basic rules of hunter safety when afield.