Photo: A yellow lab shown duck hunting — but not the dog in question. Credit: Corbis
The man from Great Salt Lake in Brigham City, Utah, had been hunting ducks from a boat at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refugeabout 60 miles north of Salt Lake City. As he climbed out of the boat to move decoys in the shallow marsh, his yellow laborador got excited inside the boat and jumped on a 12-guage shotgun, which then fired, unloading 27 pellets into his owner's behind.
Kevin Potter, the Box Elder County Sheriff's deputy chief, told the Tribune that the man had left his shotgun in the boat before the dog stepped on it.
"One of the hunters was inside the boat with the dog, and the other hunter was in the water setting up decoys," he said. "The guy in the water had put his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of their boat. The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the (decoy setter) in the buttocks."
The owner and his hunting partner called 911 and walked to a road to wait for help. The wounded hunter was treated at a local hospital and released.
Good thing the dog wasn't a better shot.