A 12-year-old Maine boy was out hunting with his uncle, 34-year-old Chad Whitehouse, as part of Youth Hunting Day when he unintentionally shot himself in the foot. According to game wardens, the boy was resting the barrel of a .243-caliber rifle on his foot and was playing with the gun's safety when he discharged the gun, shooting himself in the foot.
The boy was brought out of the woods on an ATV and taken to a local hospital where he is listed in good condition.
One Maine Guide describes Youth Hunting Day as the day when hunters between the ages of 10 and 16 team up with parent/guardian sponsors "to carry on the hunting tradition. For the first-time hunter it is a rite of passage."