Man struck by hunting arrow in Delaware County
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL World Correspondent
Monday, November 26, 2012
EUCHA — An archery malfunction caused an arrow to traveled 40 yards through a wooded area of south Grand Lake, hitting a Delaware County man in the left shoulder, said Sheriff Harlan Moore on Monday.
Tyler Mason, 18, of Eucha was hit with a broadhead tip hunting arrow on Thanksgiving Day around 12:30 p.m., Moore said. James Hoffman, 33, of Cleora, wounded Mason, he said.
Mason and three friends arrived at Hoffman’s mobile home to retrieve a set of pickup keys when Mason was hit with an arrow outside the residence, Moore said.
A wounded Mason was flown by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was treated and has been released.
Witnesses told deputies Hoffman came out of a wooded area just after Mason was injured, Moore said. Hoffman told authorities he was practicing with a newly acquired used bow and archery release.
The release misfired and the arrow ricocheted off a small tree and continued downhill about 40 yards striking Mason.
Moore said incident reports would be turned over to the district attorney’s office.