Deer Hunter Killed In Cattaraugus County
Story Published: Nov 18, 2008 at 7:22 PM EST
Story Updated: Nov 18, 2008 at 7:23 PM EST By Jennifer Stanonis Watch the story
Regular deer hunting season recently started and in the Town of Humphrey a deer hunter was shot and killed. 23 year old Derrick Lockwood died Sunday morning in Olean General Hospital after he was shot with a rifle while hunting earlier that morning. He and three others were hunting deer near Bloy Road in the Town of Humphrey when he was shot by a fellow hunter in his group. The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is investigating what happened and whether it was Lockwood's brother who accidentally shot him during a deer drive, which is a hunting strategy where a hunting party splits up and one group walks through the woods to drive deer toward another group that is waiting.
The 23 year old lived in the Town of Humphrey and graduated from Franklinville High School in 2004. One of his former teachers says he was a likable person and really cared about his family.
The DEC reminds hunters to use caution while hunting, and to follow these important firearm safety tips to help prevent hunter-related shooting incidents: keep your gun pointed in a safe direction, treat every gun as if it were loaded, be sure of your target and beyond, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, and remember to wear Hunter Orange. And when conducting a deer drive, it is extremely important to know exactly where all members of the hunting party are, and to establish safe shooting lanes prior to the drive.