State Department of Natural Resources investigators gave Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine “verbal guidance” that he needs to complete a hunter education course, according to a DNR report.
The department was investigating the Jan. 17 accidental shooting of a Walker County man who was observing as Oxendine and several others were hunting on a private quail preserve owned by a friend and major donor to Oxendine’s bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
The man, Russell “Monty” Robertson, was hit in both legs and one hand by nearly 30 shotgun pellets as Oxendine and three others fired on a quail. As first reported by The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Jan. 19, Oxendine said it was his 13-year-old son who accidentally shot Robertson. DNR’s final report, issued Monday, confirms that.
Oxendine was hunting with that son as well as his 18-year-old son, J.W. None have a Georgia hunting license, although none was needed as they were covered by the private preserve’s