Man Accidentally Shoots Himself While Trying to Chase Away ‘Coon


An 81-year-old Connecticut man accidentally shot himself in the shin while waiting for a pesky raccoon to return to his porch. James Pace Sr. is OK, but the large raccoon that had been regularly scratching at his back door is still on the loose.

“Pace told police he armed himself with a .22 caliber rifle and waited for the raccoon to show, but while waiting, he sneezed and fell out of his chair,” the Hartford Courant reports. “Police said it was then he realized he had accidentally shot himself in the shin.”


For some more conventional raccoon hunting strategies, check out Sonny Hootman’s “Daytime ’Coon Calling” story in the March 2013 issue of Trapper & Predator Caller. Hootman reveals how to fine-tune your sounds, locate ‘coon honey holes and have a blast calling raccoons in the daylight.

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