Hunter shoots herself with crossbow, dies

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  1. pentail

    pentail Bacon Staff Member

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    Is this a first for the state of KY?

    http://www.lex18.com/news/police-say-woman-dies-after-accidentally-shooting-herself-with-crossbow/

    A woman in Owen County is dead after she was apparently accidentally shot with a crossbow.

    The incident happened Sunday. Police say Yvetta Reffitt, 59, of Martin, KY, was hunting on a farm in Owen County when the incident occurred. Reffitt had been dropped off to hunt by herself at 6:45 a.m. When Reffitt did not return for lunch, members of her hunting group began looking for her and found her at approximately 11:30 a.m. Reffitt was deceased when she was found.

    Preliminary investigation points to the crossbow shot, along with pre-existing medical conditions, as the causes of Reffitt's death.

    Police continue to investigate
     
  2. wademup

    wademup 12 pointer

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    Along with pre- existing conditions?
     
  3. philipfleek

    philipfleek 12 pointer

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    Yeah really??
     
  4. quackrstackr

    quackrstackr Welcome to Fantasy Island Staff Member

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    One of those things that people on blood thinners probably don't think about.....
     
  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    i'd put money on it that she was climbing in or out of a stand with the crossbow loaded.
     
  6. scsims

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    I feel sorry for the family... but where is it crossbow season in KY right now?
     
  7. ConfederateKnowHow

    ConfederateKnowHow 6 pointer

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    If you have a disability, you can hunt with a crossbow during archery season.
     
  8. Duster

    Duster 12 pointer

    With permit everyplace.

    Your probably right on the blood thinners. I take Pradaxa and even a small scratch bleeds forever. I can't imagine a broadhead cut to a artery.
     
  9. scsims

    scsims 10 pointer

    Forgot about that.
     
  10. FranciscoJ

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    It's unfortunate, but it happens EVERY year. How many times do we hear about falling from a stand, or a loaded gun going off? I, like everyone else, give condolences to the family. But this has to serve some greater purpose. At the very least, hunter-safety should be learned. Don't load a gun or bow unless you're ready to shoot. Don't walk or climb with the dangerous end pointed at you. I can only imagine how the family feels. But I would argue, however tragic, 99.9% of all hunting related accidents are avoidable.
     
  11. elkaholic

    elkaholic 10 pointer

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    That really stinks. I myself am on Plavix and aspirin and you never think about what can happen. My condolences to her family and friends.
     
  12. stevemeadows

    stevemeadows 8 pointer

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    Prayers go out to the family!
     
  13. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Shooting one's self with a crossbow seems very hard to do. I could see someone cocking it for her since she probably couldn't pull it back but why put the bolt in?

    Prayers for all involved regardless.
     
  14. rather-b-huntn

    rather-b-huntn 10 pointer

    Only Martin I know of isn't anywhere near Owen county. Is there more than one?
     
  15. dxtsniper

    dxtsniper 12 pointer

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    A lot of us think about it all the time.
    It also seems to depend on where I get cut. I have cut myself at work on the hand and it bled like normal. Then like a couple weeks ago I was eating a popcicle with the kiddo before bed and had a splinter on the stick make a 8th or even a 16th" cut on my lip. Woke up at 3am to a half soaked pillow that night, thought I had it stopped, but it was still going when I woke up to go hunting the next morning. Finally got it stopped but all I could think was, I don't wanna go to the er for one dang stich to get this to stop.WTH?
    I do use a broadhead wrench (most of the time) now. It sucks to have to worry about stupid stuff like a tiny cut but I know for a fact it beats the alternative. S
     
  16. browningshutr

    browningshutr 8 pointer

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    No Martin around Owen County, but we get a lot of people here to hunt from all over the state.
    I'm surprised that I didn't hear of this happening. It's been quiet around here.
    So sorry for her family!
     
  17. Shaine1985

    Shaine1985 10 pointer

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    So sad..prayers out to the family
     
  18. NitroHunter

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    It said on the news she was from Martin ( Floyd co. I think) and hunting in Owen County.
     
  19. bnt5

    bnt5 8 pointer

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    Thats sad. I am still trying to get my head around how someone would shoot themselves with a crossbow? The only thing I can think of is a shot to the leg, hitting a femoral artery and preexisting conditions would be deadly. Stay safe out there guys, watch where you shoot and whats beyond it.
     

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