A fisherman videotaping himself for his YouTube fishing channel quickly ducked to avoid a bullet whizzing in his direction as a result of a neighbor's ricocheting gunshot.
Nick of 618 Fishing was fishing in the afternoon on his property near Hamel, Illinois, last weekend when the near-tragic incident occurred.
His neighbors had been shooting nearby for a few hours without incident, so when more gunshots rang out, he wasn't concerned. Until one bullet came tumbling his way. In the video entitled "Almost shot while fishing," the shooting begins at the 48-second mark:
There were seven gunshots. Nick heard the fourth bullet coming.
"When I heard the bullet tumbling through the woods, I didn’t really have much time to think, I just instinctively ducked as fast as I could," Nick told GrindTV in an email. "Afterwards, I waited for the firing to stop and headed for our house immediately.
"We get along with those neighbors very well [the people shooting were actually shooting on the neighbor's land with their permission], so when we alerted them of the incident, they were very apologetic and everyone was really happy no one got hurt."
Nick said the bullet had to have missed his brand new camera he was using for the first time by a mere two feet.
"As a firearm owner myself, I have no problem with guns, but knowledge of your surroundings and a proper backdrop are essential to keeping everyone safe," Nick said.
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