Hunter Claims He Was Abandoned After Shooting

State wildlife officers are investigating after a man said he was accidentally shot by a fellow turkey hunter who said he was going for help and never returned.

Daryl Lloyd Wilson told Carter County sheriff’s deputies he was hunting on U.S. Forest Service property Sunday morning when a shotgun blast peppered his right side from head to knees, according to The Johnson City Press.

The man walked over to Wilson and asked if his shot had struck him and then gathered his hunting gear and said he was going to get help for him. Wilson said he walked to his car and drove home. His wife took him to a hospital.

The hunter who never returned is described as about 6-foot-1 and slender with a medium-length gray beard.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating.