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Hunting Accident = Not How I would Classify It.

A teen was killed while hunting and officials are classifying it as a hunting accident. The death of this teen is very tragic. And, it makes it even more tragic when officials classify it as a hunting accident.

This teen was not killed in a hunting accident, he was killed by poachers. Murder, not hunting accident seems a better description of the heinous act. The teen was hunting and someone fired a shot from a rifle, out of a truck at decoys and struck the teen. That is not a hunting accident, but murder if you ask me.

Teen hunter shot, killed
ESU freshman would have turned 19 today
By Phil Anderson
The Capital-Journal
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Beau Arndt, a "good kid" from rural Americus who enjoyed being outdoors and participating in sports, would have celebrated his 19th birthday today.

Instead, his parents are making arrangements for his funeral on Thursday in Emporia amid unanswered questions about the shooting that claimed his life.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Contributions to a memorial fund in Beau Arndt's honor can be sent to Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, 605 State, Emporia, KS 66801. Funds will be used to benefit hunter safety courses.
Arndt, an Emporia State University freshman, died early Saturday when he was shot in what Lyon County sheriff's authorities are calling a hunting accident northwest of Americus.

By late Monday afternoon, it was unknown who shot Arndt and if the person who fired the fatal round knew he had wounded anyone.

The shooting remains under investigation, and Lyon County sheriff's officials continue searching for a late 1970s-model Ford pickup truck with a red cab and burnt orange bed as a "vehicle of interest."

The truck, which had a Shawnee County license tag, had been seen in the area at the time of the shooting incident.

Authorities said the shooting took place at about 8:25 a.m. Saturday while Arndt and two friends were goose hunting near 3100 D Road in a rural area of northwest Lyon County.

The site is about 13 miles northwest of Emporia.

The hunting party, which had permission to be on the property, put several dozen goose decoys in a field and were lying in the snow waiting for geese.

A truck drove by and fired a rifle shot at the decoys, officials said. The shot struck Arndt instead, and the truck left the area.

Emergency responders were unable to revive Arndt, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County coroner.

On Monday, Lyon County Sheriff Gary Eichorn said he had been to Topeka on Sunday to visit with law enforcement officials here regarding the case.

"We're following leads," Eichorn said. "We're trying to locate the vehicle that was seen in the area."

Eichorn said the Lyon County Sheriff's Department was starting to get some phone calls on the case, noting the vehicle is "pretty unique" and that it "ought to stand out."

Before the shooting, a woman who lives in the area reported seeing the truck with a flat tire, Eichorn said.

The woman, who lives about three miles from where the shooting took place, said the truck's occupants changed the tire near her residence.

Two of the truck's occupants appeared to be men in their 40s and the other was a man in his 20s, Eichorn said.

A previous report had four occupants in the truck, but the number was adjusted to three after the woman was re-interviewed on Sunday.

Though it is illegal to shoot a firearm from inside a vehicle and to hunt geese with a rifle, Eichorn said he didn't believe the person who fired the weapon knew he had wounded anyone.

On Monday afternoon, Bob Arndt, Beau's father, said he hoped the shooter wasn't aware he had hit his son.

"We don't know," Arndt said. "I hope they didn't know."

Arndt said his son had been hunting since he was a child and had been through several hunter safety courses.

Beau graduated in May from Northern Heights High School at Allen, where he played baseball. He also played baseball his freshman through junior years at Emporia High School.

"He loved everybody," his father said. "Everyone who knew him loved him."

Arndt said his son enjoyed teaching hunting skills to friends and "helping them get their first turkeys." He also helped coach kids' sports teams.

Beau was pursuing a biology degree at Emporia State and eventually wanted to go to Canada to be an outdoor guide.

"He was out doing something he loved," Arndt said. "Somebody doing something that was illegal cut his life short."

Arndt said Beau was a lifelong resident of the Americus area and knew all the landowners.

He had permission to hunt on "thousands of acres" of nearby farmland.

He said his son and his friends had set up decoys many times like they did on Saturday.

Besides his parents, Bob and Christine Arndt, Beau is survived by his brother, Seth, and his sister, Annabelle, both of the home. Both siblings are younger than Beau.

"They're coping well," their father said. "They're good kids. Everybody we know and our kids are good kids. I mean that truthfully."

Arndt said the outpouring of support from the Americus and Emporia communities has been "overwhelming."

State officials said Beau Arndt's death was Kansas' first hunting-related fatality since 2005.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Harvest House of the Flint Hills Christian Church, 1836 E. US-50 highway in Emporia.

Burial will be in the Fruitland Cemetery west of Americus.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff's Department at (620) 342-5545, Lyon County Crime Stoppers at (620) 342-CARE or (800) KS-CRIME.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hunting Accident = Not How I would Classify It.

Wow thats harsh I don't have words sad
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Hunting Accident = Not How I would Classify It.

Wow thats harsh I don't have words sad
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Hunting Accident = Not How I would Classify It.

Very Unfortunate. I agree this shouldn't be called a hunting accident. The shooter needs to held accountable for his actions to the fullest degree. His illegal act needs to include involuntary manslaughter.

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At the risk of ruffling feathers I can't wait until Kansas does away with high powered rifle hunting and just goes with shotgun or muzzleloader hunting only. The majority of rifle hunters drive around in trucks chasing and bailing out of the truck shooting any deer they see. I hope KDWP will come to its senses and do away with rifle hunting of ANY kind. This young mans death was needless. I feel bad for his family.

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Consider my feathers ruffled.

Andy, while this event is a tragedy of the greatest magnitude ---I have no intention of debating that; it is obvious that you have the myopic view of most in Eastern Kansas. Have you ever BEEN to the the western half of the state? Most of the places I hunt have all of a foot of cover. Almost all of the deer that my family killed this year were at ranges of at least 300 yards. (the farthest was 390 yards--the closest 190) Yes, we drive vehicles out here to hunt. We "spot and stalk". There are very, very few treestands or blinds.

Be careful what you wish for; because if it comes to pass there will be thousands of western Kansas hunters in your backyard because they can no longer hunt with any degree of success at home.

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You can't blame the rifle for this accident. These guys were already committing illegal acts, surely you don't think banning rifle hunting would keep these guys from driving around looking for something to shoot. They were NOT hunting!

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Feathers ruffled (but not too bad - discussion, comments etc. are always good)

A ban on using rifles would not have prevented this tragedy, as Redrider pointed out they were criminals committing an illegal act. There is no reason to believe that they would have used a muzzle loader instead of a rifle because they obviously have no regard for the law.

But, for argument sake, let's consider that instead of a rifle they had a muzzleloader - how would that have prevented this heinous act? A muzzleloader can be used accurately, depending on model and scope to 250 yards. Its range is beyond that so how would it have made a difference?

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Hunting Accident = Not How I would Classify It.

I heard this on the morning news and was surprised by the reporting that it was a hunting accident and now the newspaper account "hunting-related fatality". I don't think that either describes what happened. The shooter was engaging in criminal activity(not hunting) and a life was lost. The young man was engaging in a legal hunting activity, but not the shooter. This was a senseless death and those responsible should be brought to justice.

My condolences to the family and friends.

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First of all guys, read my post. I never said banning rifle hunting would have prevented this death. Your inferring that on your own. Secondly, I stand 100% behind a ban on rifle hunting in Kansas. Rifle hunting is dangerous and I challenge anyone here to show me the sport in killing a damn deer from 390 yards away. There is no sport in that. That's almost as bad as high fence deer. Third, I lived in Dodge City for 4 years so I know first hand what the cover is like. I know a few folks who BOW hunt out west successfully. You can spot and stalk deer without the use of a vehicle. Its just how lazy do you want to be. Lastly, I have a circle of birdhunting friends up here who WILL NOT birdhunt during rifle season because they know that some of the biggest idiots in Kansas drive around in trucks holding rifles. There are responsible rifle hunters but a gun that is capable of killing an animal from 400 yards (over 1200 ft and almost 1/5 of a mile) is not safe. I stand behind that 100%.

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aneria wrote:
Third, I lived in Dodge City for 4 years so I know first hand what the cover is like.
Andy

Andy,
Are you talking to me?

Maynard Reece
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