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Man hunting rabbits accidentally shoots another hunter

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. -- A man was airlifted for injuries after being accidentally shot with a 12-gauge shotgun while hunting for rabbits.

According to Indiana Conservation Officers, they received a 911 call at approximately 11 a.m. regarding a man shot accidentally while hunting near an abandoned railroad bed in Cutler, Indiana.

According to officials, 27-year-old Michael Clendening was using a 12-gauge shotgun while hunting when he took aim at a running rabbit.

Clendening told officials he hadn't noticed 35-year-old Nathaniel Seele hunting for rabbits on the same grounds.

Seele was hunting approximately 10 yards away, when Clendening accidentally shot him, according to a press release.

Clendening and another hunter began rendering aid and at Seele's request drove him to his home where emergency services were notified.

Seele was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with non-life threatening wounds.

Officers confirm all three hunters were legally hunting and wearing orange safety clothing.

IU Lifeline, Carroll County EMS, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Indiana Conservation Officers, Dephi Fire and Police Department responded to the scene. 


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