Thursday, July 9, 2015

Preventable Accident

Very experience pilot and a senior game warden were shotgunning coyotes. No muzzle cage for the shotgun. Shot hit the lift strut. Neither survived.

Addendum. This is not what happened. The owner is correct but there were two fatalities. 

In 1969 I was flying another game warden doing the same thing. We installed a cage to contain the muzzle. Didn't stop the damn fool from shooting a tire. A bigger damn fool was on the stick but managed a safe landing with no further damage.

These pictures are circa 1967-68. Recently started converting slides to digital. Need better equipment/software than the $35 gizmo off Craigslist but it is a start and a learning process.


  1. OUCH... Muzzle control IS an issue... ALWAYS!

  2. ALWAYS! And proper briefing of passengers, especially hard headed ones, is right behind.