Man injured while hunting

Police say bullet fragments struck Dale Skidmore's face

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Police say there are no charges and they don't suspect foul play in a hunting accident Saturday that sent a Craig man to The Memorial Hospital to remove bullet fragments from his face.

Husband and wife Dale and Jamie Skidmore of Craig were rabbit hunting with .22-caliber rifles during the weekend off Moffat County Road 4, a few miles south of the Wyoming border. Jamie allegedly shot at a rabbit, but the bullet hit a crack in the foundation of an old homestead in the area in which they were hunting, Jantz said.

The bullet ricocheted off the cement, and fragments struck Dale above his left ear and two pieces lodged underneath his left eye.

"It was a freak-of-nature kind of accident," Moffat County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Jantz said. "There really was no fault on either end."

Jantz said the couple called in the accident at about 1 p.m. while they were en route to Craig to get treatment at TMH. A Baggs, Wyo., ambulance intercepted the vehicle on north Colorado Highway 13 and transported Dale into town. He was treated and released, Jantz said.

Jantz said the sheriff's office doesn't regularly receive many calls for hunting mishaps. The call marked the first incident reported to the office in 2005.

"I think people need to understand that sometimes accidents just happen," Jantz said.

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