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http://www.news.com.au/national/duck-protester-shot/story-e6frfkvr-1226024526110#ixzz1H14iEvlA

Duck hunting protester shot in the face

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A PROTESTER has been shot in the face just hours after the opening of the controversial duck hunting season this morning. Protester Julia Symons of Melburne suffered pellet injuries to her face, teeth and hand in a accidental shooting at Lake Buloke, 12km east of Donald in Victoria's west.

Witnesses say Ms Symons, aged in her 20s, was waist-deep in water when she was shot by the hunter, believed to be aiming at a low-flying bird.

Ms Symons was conscious when she was carried from the water by fellow protesters of a duck rescue group.

They said she still had pellets lodged in her face, and one of her teeth had been shot out.

She was taken to Horsham Hosptial where she is in a stable condition.

Protesters were at the lake to voice their anger at the 2011 hunting season which will see each hunter permitted to kill 10 birds per day.

Today is the first day of the season, which will run until June 13.

Shooters as young as 12 are permitted to hunt ducks with valid game hunting licences.

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So wait, did the hunter think she was a low flying bird or she got in the way of the hunter and a low flying bird?

I'm just curious. I don't really care either way. Animal rights folk--esp ones like this (Ducks? Really?)--are way down my list of people I give a **** about.

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It sounds like the guy was shooting at ducks that were flying low and the dumb protesters were waist deep in the water in the range of the gun and some birdshot hit the woman in the face.

Here's a more detailed story:

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2011/03/19/308781_latest-news.html

UPDATE: A PROTESTER was shot in the face on the opening day of the 2011 duck shooting season in western Victoria this morning.

The incident occurred on Lake Buloke, about 12km east of Donald.

The protester, Julia Symons of Melbourne, was accidentally shot in the face while the shooter was aiming at a low-flying bird.

She staggered into the arms of two friends, saying "I've been shot, I've been shot". She was carried from the water with pellets still stuck in her face and one of her teeth shot out.

Once on the stretcher she said "I’ve lost a tooth, will I be all right?".

Ms Symons was also shot in the hand.

None of her injuries are life threatening.

One of the friends, Kia Matley, said she saw the shots fired and although the gun was loaded "he was aiming for a duck".

The other, Jessica Morris, alleged the shooters near her had been aggressive all morning.

She claimed one of them said to them "I've shot a duck. Hi girls, how do you like that?"

The three protesters were waist deep in the water when the accident happened.

Protest spokeswoman Lyn Trakell said it was Ms Symons’s second protest with the duck-rescue group.

Ms Trakell said this was the first time a protester had been shot in the 20 years of organised protests.

A teenager member of the Australian Cypriot Sport Shooting Associtation has been interviewed by the police following the shooting.

Rod Drew of Field Game Australia chief executive said "we don't want accidents and it's tragic that this has happened".

"But the reality is, we have raised these issues for years of people going into the water to protest," he said,

"We respect their right to do that, but wetlands and guns is not the right place to do it.

"The protesters continuingly break the human safety laws by going into the water before 10am and very few of them understand the safety zone of a shotgun."

The woman was shot at about 9.20am.

Inspector Gerry Bennett of Swan Hill police said a teenager was being interviewed and officers had also taken two men into the Donald police station for further questioning.

Insp Bennett said there was a lot of confusion in early witness statements and it would take some time clarify.

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What a dumb *****.

I really don't get these people. I mean seriously, here's an idea: instead of serving as human shields for ****ing ducks, go spend the time and energy at a local homeless shelter or pick up a tutor gig for underprivileged kids or something. Ducks. :doh:

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What a dumb *****.

I really don't get these people. I mean seriously, here's an idea: instead of serving as human shields for ****ing ducks, go spend the time and energy at a local homeless shelter or pick up a tutor gig for underprivileged kids or something. Ducks. :doh:

Exactly.

I mean ducks are fine and all but if someone wants to go out and hunt one and eat it, why would someone go out and waste their time protesting?

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This woman is obviously searching for some deeper meaning in her life, or trying to feel like she's a part of something bigger than herself.

Someone should have told her that she can fulfill those feelings without crouching in some marsh taking buckshot to the face for a ****ing duck.

Peace Corps. Homeless shelters. Soup kitchens. After school programs. Giving to charity. Tutoring. People Helping People. Volunteer firefighting. Ladies Auxiliary. Neighborhood watch. Mentoring.

There are a boatload of activities that can legitimately help the world and your fellow man. Hell, there are tons of opportunities to protect/preserve the environment, too, if you're into that kind of thing...and none of these things involve worrying about a ****ing duck.

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How is it possible we got almost 10 posts in without a single Dick Cheney joke? Man, when your time in the limelight is up you just drop like a stone.

lol

I was just about to say, "so this is what Dick Cheney's been up to!"

I feel bad for the protester though, but probably not a bright idea.

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Yes, putting yourself down range from firearms has always been a good idea. Next they'll dress up as White Tail deer and roam the woods in the Fall, brilliant strategy.

BTW, to the one who said

I really don't get these people. I mean seriously, here's an idea: instead of serving as human shields for ****ing ducks, go spend the time and energy at a local homeless shelter or pick up a tutor gig for underprivileged kids or something.

Absolutely agree.

What's more is that if you do choose to stand in front of hunters who are aiming at you, just remember to....

Ducks.
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I was about to say Great shooting Dick Cheney but thought better of it. :D

---------- Post added March-20th-2011 at 08:13 AM ----------

I bet it'd suck to be mistaken for a whale and harpooned.

When I was deployed at sea, I once watched a graphic video of a huge whale being harpooned then told the guy showing the film to warn me next time so I could avoid watching grossly obese fat chick porn. :rolleyes::)

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Her jacket's not even wet, so she should have been very clearly visible to the hunter. Bad shooting (or good shooting, but sadistic).

On the other hand, she should've expected to get shot. So she's either really dumb or she's attracted to the danger.

In which case she's just Daffy. :)

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This woman is obviously searching for some deeper meaning in her life, or trying to feel like she's a part of something bigger than herself.

Someone should have told her that she can fulfill those feelings without crouching in some marsh taking buckshot to the face for a ****ing duck.

Peace Corps. Homeless shelters. Soup kitchens. After school programs. Giving to charity. Tutoring. People Helping People. Volunteer firefighting. Ladies Auxiliary. Neighborhood watch. Mentoring.

There are a boatload of activities that can legitimately help the world and your fellow man. Hell, there are tons of opportunities to protect/preserve the environment, too, if you're into that kind of thing...and none of these things involve worrying about a ****ing duck.

I wish there was a way to send her a copy of this post. She really needs to hear this.

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This woman is obviously searching for some deeper meaning in her life, or trying to feel like she's a part of something bigger than herself.

Someone should have told her that she can fulfill those feelings without crouching in some marsh taking buckshot to the face for a ****ing duck.

Peace Corps. Homeless shelters. Soup kitchens. After school programs. Giving to charity. Tutoring. People Helping People. Volunteer firefighting. Ladies Auxiliary. Neighborhood watch. Mentoring.

There are a boatload of activities that can legitimately help the world and your fellow man. Hell, there are tons of opportunities to protect/preserve the environment, too, if you're into that kind of thing...and none of these things involve worrying about a ****ing duck.

How do you know she doesn't? You make it seem like this person, who is going out of her way, to protect what she feels is an innocent life, being killed for sport, somehow has a duck saving fetish.

My Dad works in a local soup kitchen on Sundays and I'm going to volunteer at the SPCA. I made him a deal that if he comes with me, I'll go with him.

Why all the anger at a person trying to help animals? I don't get it.

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This woman is obviously searching for some deeper meaning in her life, or trying to feel like she's a part of something bigger than herself.

Someone should have told her that she can fulfill those feelings without crouching in some marsh taking buckshot to the face for a ****ing duck.

Peace Corps. Homeless shelters. Soup kitchens. After school programs. Giving to charity. Tutoring. People Helping People. Volunteer firefighting. Ladies Auxiliary. Neighborhood watch. Mentoring.

There are a boatload of activities that can legitimately help the world and your fellow man. Hell, there are tons of opportunities to protect/preserve the environment, too, if you're into that kind of thing...and none of these things involve worrying about a ****ing duck.

This is the impression I get from a lot of extreme activists. Even when the cause is really good, they seem to just go absolutely insane. There are a million and one better things, and causes, they could be fighting for. Instead, they hang out in marshes and take bullets for ducks. That's all kinds of stupid.

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This is the impression I get from a lot of extreme activists. Even when the cause is really good, they seem to just go absolutely insane. There are a million and one better things, and causes, they could be fighting for. Instead, they hang out in marshes and take bullets for ducks. That's all kinds of stupid.

Again, how do you know this is her only cause? Perhaps she works for a lot of various causes.

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How do you know she doesn't? You make it seem like this person, who is going out of her way, to protect what she feels is an innocent life, being killed for sport, somehow has a duck saving fetish.

My Dad works in a local soup kitchen on Sundays and I'm going to volunteer at the SPCA. I made him a deal that if he comes with me, I'll go with him.

Why all the anger at a person trying to help animals? I don't get it.

Nothing wrong with trying to help animals, but she should be doing something more productive than standing in a damn marsh. Am I the only one that saw that quote saying they've been doing it for 20 years? And nothing has changed? Isn't that a clue that you should try a different approach?

Maybe she should've been spending her time researching how duck hunting negatively effects the environment and forming a petition to send to her local representative instead of standing in front of shotguns.

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