Bullet Misses Deer, Hits School Bus

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500 yards is quite a distance - five football fields, but also how far William Squire's bullet traveled. He was in a tree stand on private property, when he aimed at a deer and shot. The bullet missed the deer target, and ended up hitting a school bus 500 yards away. Luckily the 35 students onboard and the driver were not injured.

Police believe that Squire did not even realize that he had struck a bus until they showed up at his house. He turned himself in, and has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

More New York hunters are using rifles as the deer population has exploded, but other rules have not been updated. Such as hunting distance to houses. Hunters should be aware of their firearm's power, and aware of how far that bullet can travel. From The Republic.


Retired2hunt's picture

  I have to agree with all


I have to agree with all posters here in that I happy to read that nobody was injured or killed.  We have read too many articles on careless acts that cause to generate a negative view on hunters.  Mr. Squire's choice to shoot here is just another careless act and fails to follow one of the primary rules for using a gun.  I would agree that Mr. Squire most likely did not know he had hit the passing school bus at the time but he also did the right thing in turning himself in immediately to the officials who showed up at his door.  I can only hope he has learned his lesson here and ensures of a safe backdrop prior to pulling up his gun/rifle on an animal.  I had the ability toharvest deer this year for 5 straight days but kept not pulling up my rifle as my first action determined the shot zone or backdrop was not safe.  Some states have created laws that removed the use of a rifle for hunting based on these careless acts - i.e. Ohio and only allowed to use a shotgun.  New York was heading in the right direction by allowing rifle usage in urban areas.  Hopefully this story does not change their direction.


hunter25's picture

Ok first of all I'm happy to

Ok first of all I'm happy to see that nobady wa injured here as there have been other cases that didn't turn out so well. Everyboody has covered about being sure of what is behind your target annd that is a given and pretty basic. But five hundred yards really isn't that far and taking a shot towards a road even if you didn't think there was anything there at the time was a pretty bad and careless idea. Cars move way to quickly to second guess if one may be coming or not and where the bullet may end up. And he really didn't turn himself in till they showed up at his house looking for him. Hopefully he learned a caluable lesson that most people wouldn't have to be taught like this.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Wow great to hear that no one

Wow great to hear that no one was injured.  That would be a abd deal out hunting and then come to find that you have injured a person by shear accident.  It always does amaze me how some people forget how far that bullet will travel if some thing does not stop it ot knock it down.  I am not saying this guy was acting reckless in now way just alot og guy start shooting before they think what may behind that target a few hundred yards away.  kudos to the hunter for stepping up and turning himself in....hopefully they take that into some consideration.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Wow, talk about a close

Wow, talk about a close call.  You two already covered it, in that you must be sure of your target before you shoot.  I am sure there are more than a few hunters on here, probably elk hunters, who have shot at an elk at 500 yards.  That is well within kill distance for most rifles today, let alone simple travel distance.  Those things can go half a mile.

The only thing that is odd is that he was apparantly in a tree stand and shot at a deer.  If he was shooting down at a deer, then you would think the bullet would go into the ground.  I would imagine the only explanation for that would be that he shot at a silouetted deer.  Again, breaking the cardinal rule of knowing what is beyond your target.

At least no one got hurt.  Also, glad to see this guy turned himself in.  Sad situation, but nice to see someone taking responsibility for their actions.

BikerRN's picture

4 Rules

This violates one of the four rules of gun safety.

"Be sure of your target and what is beyond it."

It's acts like this that give hunters and hunting a bad name with the general populace. I've held my shot before when I was unsure of my backstop. Windows, crowds of people, and even a camper in a tent all make poor backstops. Just today I was considering a shot and held my fire. As I walked further down the trail I found a camper with a pitched tent. 

While it is likely that my bullet wouldn't have reached his tent, due to brush in the way, I couldn't guarantee that so I'm glad that I was schooled on the safety rules from the start. That's one Memo I'd hate to have to write for work.


COMeatHunter's picture

This makes for a really good

This makes for a really good reminder on how far a bullet from a high power rifle can travel and to be sure your shot is safe, including the backdrop, BEFORE you shoot.  500 yards may seem like a long distance, but for a bullet this isn't very far at all.  Unless this fellow's bullet ricocheted off of brush or rocks, he should have been able to see how a miss at his intended target could strike something on the road only 500 yards away.  

At least no one was hurt.  But this is exactly the kind of bad press hunting as a sport doesn't need.  It would do us all good to make sure we consider our shots carefully to be absolutely certain we are safe and ethical in all situations.  Once you pull the trigger, there aren't any do-overs.