Doh! Man Suffers Two Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wounds

posted on February 28, 2012
lessons_ah2015_fs.jpg (4)

A 68-year-old Redfield, Iowa, man may be vying for a Darwin Award as he recovers from two—yes two—self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Apparently Larry Godwin caught a raccoon in a live trap and decided to dispatch the critter. He took a .22-caliber handgun and shot at the ’coon, but the bullet struck the trap and ricocheted, hitting Godwin in the lower right part of his abdomen. The shock of being struck by the bullet precipitated Godwin to drop his handgun, whereupon it discharged, hitting him again in nearly the same place. Thankfully, Godwin’s injuries were not life-threatening.

After I quit laughing, I pondered this a bit. Clearly, Mr. Godwin violated Rule 4 (Be sure of your target and what is behind it.), but one can’t help but wonder what the heck was he thinking? I cannot imagine standing off a few feet and trying to thread a bullet from a rifle—let alone a handgun—through the wire surrounding the ’coon.

An extension of Rule 4 might be: Consider the consequences of every bullet you shoot. Each of us is responsible for every bullet or shot load that leaves our guns, regardless of the circumstances. It does not matter whether those consequences were intentional or not, we own the ejecta.

I am very glad that Mr. Godwin’s injuries are relatively minor, and even more grateful that he didn’t hit some other person. Too, I am sure that he is feeling a bit embarrassed about this incident. If there can be any good from this event, it would be that he, as well as the rest of us, be aware of the impacts of our behavior.


Benelli Lupo BE.S.T. Lead
Benelli Lupo BE.S.T. Lead

New for 2022: Benelli Lupo BE.S.T.

The new Lupo BE.S.T. features a premium wood stock that bridges the original Lupo’s precision performance and technological innovation with defined ergonomics and contemporary styling.

First Look: Zeiss DTI 3/25 Thermal Imaging Camera

Zeiss has released the DTI 3/25, its second thermal imaging camera developed especially for hunting.

First Look: Bergara Premier Divide Rifle

Representing a lighter, backcountry-minded version of the Bergara HMR, the Premier Divide bridges the gap between a tactical and hunting rifle, pairing the company's proprietary Cure Carbon Barrel with a custom AG Composites Chalk Branch carbon stock. 

Mojo Outdoors Releases Scoot-N-Shoot Gunner

With turkey season around the corner, Mojo has added the Scoot-N-Shoot Gunner to their turkey lineup.

Browning Ammunition Introduces Pro22 Rimfire

Browning's new Pro22 is the company's latest addition to its ammo lineup, providing target shooters and plinkers with a new high-accuracy option for shooting their favorite rimfire rifle.

New for 2022: Nosler Suppressors

The all-new Nosler Suppressors are designed specifically for hunters to strike an ideal balance between size, light weight, exceptional durability and sound mitigation. 


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.