Update: Teen shot by brother in Torrey hunting incident
Update: On Tuesday morning, Caleb was listed in satisfactory condition. Also, see the end of this article for information from the DEC.
A 16-year-old was accidentally shot in the face by his younger brother while the boys were out turkey hunting on Saturday morning in Torrey.
Caleb Fox, of Sherman Street in Penn Yan, was out hunting with his 12-year-old brother David Fox, at approximately 6 a.m. on farm land at 954 City Hill Road in the Town of Torrey when the incident occurred, according to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office.
While they were hunting, David Fox thought he saw a turkey walking through a wooded area and fired. The moving object turned out to be his brother, who was struck in the face and right shoulder by pellets.
Caleb Fox was treated at the scene by Penn Yan Ambulance, and then flown to Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital for further treatment.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation also responded to the scene, and are investigating the accident.
A state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesperson says a 12-year-old may hunt as a youth hunter, but must possess a valid small game license and be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or youth mentor holder than 21 who has been disignated in writing by the youth's parent or guardian.
A 16-year-old is not considered a junior hunter. However, a 16-year-old is not considered old enough to legally accompany a junior hunter.
Turkey hunting season continues through May 31. If anyone witnesses a hunting related shooting incident or any type of violation of Environmental Conservation Law, DEC can be reached at their 24-hour tipline at 1-800-TIPP-DEC.
DEC reminds all hunters that virtually every hunting related shooting incident is preventable by following these important safety tips:
• Assume every gun is loaded.
• Control the muzzle.
• Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
• Be sure of your target and beyond.
Some helpful turkey hunting safety tips include:
Successful turkey hunters sit and call - most turkey injuries happen when one hunter stalks another hunter who is using a turkey call.
Don't wear red, white, blue or black - these are colors common to wild turkeys.
Only "bearded " turkeys are legal during the spring season - make sure you clearly identify your target as a "bearded" turkey before making your decision if it is safe to shoot.