Loved ones remember hunter one year after fatal hunting accident

By KBJR News 1

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- Hunting is an activity that many people across the Northland enjoy, but when not done carefully, hunting can be deadly.

"His life was taken in a tragic hunting accident... that was accident and it happens but we need to be safe," said Craig Sutherland.

Friends and family launched paper lanterns Tuesday night in memory of Garrett Carr.

Carr was shot by his hunting companion who said he was shooting at a deer but missed.

"Funniest guy I've ever met, he would do anything for you...just a beautiful person to be around, made you laugh no matter what," said Sutherland a friend of Carr's.

Hunting safety instructors urge people to use the TAB–K rule to ensure hunting accidents don't happen.

"Treat all Firearms as if they are loaded, always control the muzzle, have it pointed in a safe direction. The B stands for be sure of your target and what's beyond. The K stands for Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire," said Hunting Safety Instructor Bill Drallmeier.

According to the Wisconsin DNR 18 people have been injured while hunting this year.
No deaths have been reported.

"The important thing that we stress in hunter's ed is muzzle control. If you have proper muzzle control and you have the muzzle pointed in the same direction so even if there is a discharge no body is going to get hurt," said Drallmeier.

Tips to ensure that accidents, like what happened to Carr, don't happen again.

"He'll never be forgotten, you'll always hear his laugh in your head," said Sutherland.

Friends and family will also hold an ice fishing tournament in honor of Carr on January 11.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.