Coolah: Man shot in buttock in apparent hunting accident

A man has been injured in what is believed to be an accidental shooting in the state’s central west, police say.

About 8am on Sunday, six friends were in remote bushland off Black Stump Way at Coolah, NSW Police said in a media release.

Police have been told the group were hunting, when a 24-year-old man was accidentally shot in the buttock.

The injured man was flown to John Hunter Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.

Officers from Mudgee Local Area Command are investigating the incident and have interviewed a 44-year-old man, who has since been released.

Police have also seized the man’s Firearms Licence and firearms as their investigations continue.

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A man has been flown to a Newcastle hospital after being accidentally shot in a hunting accident.

About 9am on Sunday, the Tamworth-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to a property 20km south-west of Coolah after reports a 24-year-old male had suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Reports indicate a group were pig hunting on the property when the accident happened, however in some good news the the patient was reported to be in a stable condition and was being flown to John Hunter Hospital.

Ironically, the incident occurred on the same weekend as police in the central west conduct Operation Ranger 1.

About 30 officers have been on patrol since Thursday as part of the operation, which is targeting people on hunting trips over the long weekend.