Two hunters accidentally shot opening weekend of rifle season

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GRAND ISLE, Vt. (WCAX) Authorities say two hunters were accidentally shot in separate incidents on the opening weekend of rifle season. Neither was seriously injured.

Saturday in Eden, police say 20-year-old Dakota Arnold shot his friend 19-year-old Cody Jones in the calf by mistake.

Then Sunday in Grand Isle, police say a bullet from 59-year-old Frankie Bullis' rifle hit 61-year-old Randall Glover in the foot. It is believed that the bullet ricocheted in that incident after being fired from approximately 350 yards away. Both Jones and Glover suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

James Francis, of Fairfield, bagged a 167 pound, 8-point buck in Swanton Saturday morning. He told us how he and his brother stay safe when they are hunting together.

"Make sure you wear bright clothing so that other people know that you're there, and always identify your target before you shoot. We know where each other is at all times, no surprises," Francis said.

Wardens and Vermont State Police were unavailable for an interview Sunday regarding the accidental shootings. There are hunting safety tips on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website, they say the four basic rules of safe hunting include: treat every gun as if it is loaded, point your gun in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, and be sure of your target and what's behind it.