I'm not a fisherman, but I've known a few in my day. And I know there's an accepted way of doing things on the river, and a hack way of doing things. Something tells me the "fishing" expedition that recently landed a Thurston County man in the headlines classifies as the latter.
According to Jeremy Pawloski The Olympian, a man "fishing" on the Deschutes River Sunday ended up with a .22-caliber gunshot wound on the side of his head after firing a shot into the river that ricocheted off a rock and came back to bite him. Aside from the humiliation, the paper reports the man was not seriously hurt.
There's no report of how hard the fish he was aiming for laughed at the man.
According to The Olympian:
The man said he fired a shot into the river about 4:50 p.m. near the 9600 block of Old Highway 99, the report states. But the bullet ricocheted off of a rock and struck him in the temple.
"He said he scratched the injury with his finger and the bullet fell out of his head in the river," the report states.
Not surprisingly, The Olympian reports that upon returning home with his new wound, the embarrassed man refused to tell his girlfriend exactly what had happened - instead asking her to not call 911. However, being the caring partner she apparently is, the girlfriend didn't listen and phoned in a report after her boyfriend had left again in his pickup truck - which police promptly pulled over. When confronted by authorities, the man reportedly admitted to his act of supreme stupidity.
More from The Olympian:
The man's girlfriend told deputies her boyfriend "regularly goes to the river and shoots salmon." He was not badly hurt, but was treated and released from an area hospital. The man was not cited with any criminal law violations.
The man could not be reached for comment Monday.
That's probably because the man knew the story would be about how he accidentally shot himself in the head while "fishing."