Man trips on tent stake, accidentally shoots self in Flat Tops Wilderness |

Man trips on tent stake, accidentally shoots self in Flat Tops Wilderness

Matt Stensland
Steamboat Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A hunter in South Routt County accidentally shot himself in the wrist early Monday morning after apparently stumbling over a tent stake.

Emergency responders were called to help the man, who was visiting from Parker, in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area about 5:30 a.m.

According to investigators with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, the man woke up before the other people in his group, and he was preparing to go hunting.

The man had seen a sign in the area warning of bears, so he took a single-action, .45 long Colt revolver with him to use the bathroom.

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When the man returned to his tent, he tripped over a tent stake and dropped the revolver while stumbling forward.

The revolver went off when it hit the ground, and the bullet struck the man in the wrist.

Family members called 911 and took the man to meet an ambulance.

The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and he was released shortly after being interviewed by deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office has determined the incident was an accident.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@Steamboat or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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