Father and Son Shot While Turkey Hunting

By Alice Maggiore

Father and Son Shot While Turkey Hunting

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 12:41 AM EDT

Town of Middlefield, NY (WBNG Action News) An Otsego County man is arrested, accused of shooting a father and son while turkey hunting Sunday.

Otsego County Sheriff's deputies arrested Steven Houghtaling, 54, of Canajoharie.
Houghtaling faces reckless endangerment and assault charges for allegedly shooting two men just before 7 a.m. Sunday.

A 47-year old man and his 22-year-old son were turkey hunting in a field off of Springfield Hill Road in the Town of Middlefield. Their names have not been released.

Deputies say Houghtaling, who was also turkey hunting in the area, mistook the duo for turkeys. He fired one 12-gauge shot gun round at them.

The older man was shot in the leg, chest, neck and facial area. He was taken to M.I.B Hospital in Cooperstown, and transferred to Albany Medical Center for surgery.

Meanwhile, his son was shot in the elbow and shoulder. He was treated at M.I.B Hospital.

Houghtaling was arraigned in Village of Cooperstown Court, and due back next month.

If convicted, he faces up to 7 years in prison.

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