No charges in hunting incident
Two boys involved in 'clearly accidental' situation, according to Sheriff's Office
Steamboat Springs — Routt County law enforcement officials and investigators with the Colorado Division of Wildlife will not press charges in a hunting accident involving two boys last week.
Routt County Sheriff John Warner said on Wednesday that his office did not find any cause to pursue criminal charges against a boy who shot another 12-year-old boy in the abdomen with a .50-caliber black powder rifle. The accident occurred Sept. 10 while the boys were hunting near Sand Mountain off Routt County Road 62.
“It clearly looks accidental,” he said.
Warner said the boys were accompanied by an adult.
The boy who was shot was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, which were not life threatening, Sheriff’s Office deputies said last week.
Warner said he has not been in contact with the family recently, but that the boy is doing fine.
Investigators with the Colorado Division of Wildlife also did not find any reason to cite any of the people involved.
Because the hunting accident involved two boys younger than 18, DOW officials could not release any specifics about the case.
Randy Hampton, a spokesman for DOW, said anytime there is a hunting accident, investigators look for any illegal activity that may have occurred.
“We look at if the hunter was reckless or careless or if the hunter was negligent or had any intent,” he said.
Hampton said the accident happened on the first day of muzzleloading season, and that the boys were not hunting illegally, he said.
“There wasn’t a lot to this incident besides it being an accident,” he said.
Hampton said hunting generally is an extremely safe sport, and that all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1949, are required by the state to complete a hunter-education course before receiving a license.
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