A German hunter has lost his hunting license after his dog shot him.
Alright, let’s set the scene: a lifelong hunter has arrived at his destination. It’s a forest somewhere in Germany -we don’t know the exact location, but we’re assuming that Germany still has forests.
Anyway, our hunter is so enthused about getting down to killing poor, defenseless woodland creatures that he starts loading his hunting rifle. Of course, any true hunter has a hunting dog, so our hero the hunter has his faithful retriever with him.
The next part is going to need a bit of imagination. Maybe the hunter had a particularly delicious and odorous breakfast of bratwurst and sauerkraut that morning and he transferred that irresistible smell all over the trigger of his rifle. Or, maybe the dog has aspirations beyond its station and wants to be the one doing the killing rather than the one who just retrieves the bodies. Who knows.
What we do know is that the hunter was standing in front of the rifle while the dog was nosing around the trigger. The rifle went off and shot the hunter in the arm.
Presumably, the hunter then either called an ambulance or managed to drive himself to a hospital where he got stitched up. We don’t know the details. We do know the incident occurred back in 2016 and shortly thereafter, German authorities stripped the hunter of both his gun license and his hunting permit.
Since then he’s been fighting in the courts to get them back. It’s an uphill battle though: leaving a loaded weapon in a vehicle is against the law, which is why he lost his license to begin with.
The anonymous hunter appealed the decision but a Munich administrative court denied his appeal, claiming that “it must be assumed that he will handle firearms and ammunition carelessly in future as well.”
Unfortunately, no information was provided as to the ultimate fate of the dog. Hopefully, the hunter doesn’t bear a grudge too easily.
(Source: Associated Press)