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Russell Raymond: Hunter reveals how a backpack saved his life when shot in the back in New Hampshire woods
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By Nina Golgowski
PUBLISHED: 13:08 EST, 22 November 2012 | UPDATED: 13:09 EST, 22 November 2012
A hunter is crediting his backpack for saving his life after a shotgun was mistakenly fired square into his back by another hunter.
'It's absolutely a miracle,' Russell Raymond of Pelham, New Hampshire told CBS Boston while showing off his back seen today entirely unharmed from the blast.
Mr Raymond, 27, was walking through the woods last Friday in full camouflage when a 50-year-old Pelham man pulled the trigger on his 20-gauge shotgun.
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Surreal: Russell Raymond is still digesting his near death experience while out walking through the woods and mistakenly shot in the back by a fellow hunter
Surprise protection: His backpack absorbed the bullet from a 20-gauge shotgun which he shows would have hit him just right of his spine now seen entirely unharmed
In his line of fire was not a deer like he told Fish and Game officers he saw, but a fellow hunter.
'The last thing I remember was just falling forward,' Mr Raymond told CBS.
'The sound that it made when it hit me, and the pain, and maybe my brain made up that pain. It felt like it was in the middle of my body,' he said.
While escaping death, it was only smaller pellets that spiked his lower back. His skin was otherwise left without penetration.
Flashing through his mind though he recalls was his four-year-old son, named Hunter, as well as his baby girl and his pregnant wife.
Before his eyes: Mr Raymond's four-year-old son Hunter, left, as well as his newborn girl, right, were some of the last images he thought he'd see as they flashed before his eyes
Nearly gone: He also thought of his pregnant wife, their wedding pictured, and the life he nearly lost with her and his growing family
'I still don’t think I processed it because I’m fine, I’m fine,' he said in what sounded like still disbelief. 'Psychologically, it was way worse than that.'
Though the bag is credited for saving him, officials say its colour, as well as the rest of his outfit, largely contributed to what could have been a potentially deadly accident.
'This incident underscores the importance of wearing hunter orange and the necessity for every hunter to always identify their target and what is beyond it,' Fish and Game Lt. James Juneau told the Union Leader.
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