Accidental shotgun target says he removed two types of pellets, not one

Lori Geary of WSB-TV tracked down Russell “Monty” Robertson, the fellow who was sprayed with shotgun pellets Sunday while following a quail hunting party that included state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a GOP candidate for governor.


From this evening’s broadcast:

“It’s wasn’t no Dick Cheney event,” said Robertson. “If they would have done what I said I’d have picked them out and went home.”

Instead, Robertson wound up at Redmond Hospital on Sunday afternoon. He still has bird shot in his leg.

“It was a low bird. I was behind him and the bird went the wrong way. They came toward me, they got down on the bird and I was in the way,” Robertson said.

The Oxendine campaign has identified the candidate’s 13-year-old son as the shooter. Robertson said on the WSB report that he’s not so sure:

“I don’t know what the DNR report says. I know that I took two different (types of) buckshot out of my leg,” Robertson said.

But Robertson said he’d hunt with Oxendine again. “I’m good. I can dance properly,” he said. “A 12-gauge ain’t going to take an old hillbilly down.”

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Aunt Pitty

January 21st, 2010
6:30 pm

Heck, by the end of that pkg. looked like Miss Lori and Old Man Russell were BFFs. Buckshot’s terrible on panty hose.


January 21st, 2010
6:34 pm

A 12 gauge is too much at a quail hunt; and surely the reference to “buckshot” should have been “birdshot”. Or maybe these folks just didn’t know what they were doing.

woodshed guy

January 21st, 2010
6:43 pm

Somebody is making this stuff up.Sounds like the baloon boy thing.


January 21st, 2010
6:49 pm

Who shoots quail with buckshot???

Mitch Cumstein

January 21st, 2010
6:51 pm

Quail hunting with 12 Gauges and buck shot!!!!!!! These idiots don’t have a clue what they’re reporting. Try getting your facts straight before you poop all over a man’s campaighn.

Wounded Warrior

January 21st, 2010
6:59 pm

Is it even quail season? So, Stupid Ox shot someone twice, instead of once. He said ‘peppered’ with, instead of shot. A shot is a shot, unless you shot twice. “Accidents happened?!!!” Remember that the next time Insurance Office needs to help the consumer. Oxman got a DUI back in 2002, and was driving illegally a state police unmarked car for personal business. Why won’t the AJC publish this?

Snuffy Smith

January 21st, 2010
7:03 pm

Well, what were the “two types” of “buckshot” that were removed?

woodshed guy

January 21st, 2010
7:15 pm

I was taught that the first rule of hunting is safety. Dr. Watson may conclude that if two types of “buckshot” were dug out with a pocket knife, then there were 2 shooters. It is important to tell your story and stick to it. Hmmmmm. I wonder.


January 21st, 2010
7:15 pm

Dunce! It wasn’t buckshot. They were hunting quail with tiny birdshot. Buckshot is about the size of a .32 caliber bullet and would have taken the guy’s leg off.
Does anyone else wish these guys would take the time to find out something? It’s all there on the internet, even Wikipedia has it right. C’mon, do your job!

woodshed guy

January 21st, 2010
7:29 pm

It was probably no.8 and/or 6 bird shot standard load. When you get shot with it, it is difficult to feel the different size, but when you dig it out you can visually see the difference. I supervised my boys when hunting and they never shot anyone. Safety, safety, safety. Such things happen when when adults don’t properly supervise their children.

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January 21st, 2010
8:12 pm

The references to buckshot and a twelve gauge are a quote from the hillbilly target. Is the AJC supposed to misquote the guy? If he doesn’t even know what type of rounds or shotguns were used, it’s not up to reporters to make assumptions and “correct” the guy later.

Or, as Alex said, maybe this group of nitwits just didn’t know what they were doing. Considering (now apparently) TWO people shot someone, it would certainly seem possible.

Good Government

January 21st, 2010
8:33 pm

I think John Oxendine was one of the shooters. They should compare the bullets with what was in his gun.


January 21st, 2010
9:12 pm

OMG! Bullets? Real CSI guy we have here. No wonder he calls himself Good Government.


January 21st, 2010
9:19 pm

The last time I heard a tale like this was the explanation Ned Beaty and Jon Voight gave the Sheriff in “Deliverance.” I’ve quail hunted for 35 years and their explanations don’t make a bit of sense–just like the missing person and missing canoe in “Deliverance.” Come on, John, come clean, like the
other John.

Ned Beatty

January 21st, 2010
9:30 pm

Speaking of Deliverance, Oxendine would be perfect for the part of Bobby in Deliverance. I bet he has a purty mouth and squeals like a pig. Can ya hear banjo music in the distance?


January 21st, 2010
9:37 pm

Refreshing to read that so many AJC readers actually know the difference between buckshot and birdshot. Wasn’t sure that would be the case in 2010. Lori may have mis reported or Robertson…. either way….. the story is incorrect and as such, flawed!!! This is one to ignore until the truth comes out!!!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

January 21st, 2010
9:49 pm

He also said it was also his fault for getting in the way. Will he next hold a press conference and apologize for getting shot?

Jim Clark

January 21st, 2010
11:48 pm

I shot a guy thirty years ago at a dove shoot. I won’t go into how it happened. When he came back from the hospital he mentioned the doctor had extracted two sizes of shot form his back. I loaded my own shells and used 7 1/2 mixed with 9 so ask the guy if he loads his own or uses factory ammo.

Roma L'Mao

January 22nd, 2010
12:34 am

This only demonstrates yet another example of Oxendine’s poor judgement. Noticed on the official report that the kid never even took a safety course. This thing about two types of shot deserves scrutiny -or at least skepticism – since if Oxendine is afraid to tell the truth it would be the second time in a week that he’s shown extrordinary cowardice. The first was when he was too afraid to debate his intellectual superiors in Athens.

Muzzle Control

January 22nd, 2010
6:19 am

Mr. Clark, where do you hunt ’cause I don’t want to be in the same county with you! Don’t take it personal; I’ll try to avoid the Oxendine & Cheney hunting parties, too.

Uncle Rico

January 22nd, 2010
6:23 am

Was it OO or OOO buckshot? So many choices. Oh, what the heck, that’s why I hunt quail with a 270.


January 22nd, 2010
6:24 am

Yep. This will be used as just another reason the gun-control folks will give for banning us from having guns.

Good Gubmit

January 22nd, 2010
7:10 am

The Ox is just creepy. I do not see how anyone who has ever met him could bring themselves to cast a vote for him.


January 22nd, 2010
7:14 am

Gives a whole new meaning to “A candidate who shoots from the hip.”

big john

January 22nd, 2010
7:18 am

buckshot, not buckshot, self load, factory load, safety, no safety, shot by a 13 yr old or not, maybe the commish did it….crazy, crazy. was alcohol involved? I’d venture moonshine but I guess the sum total iq would not allow the intelligence nor the initiative to garner a swig from the local still for either the “hunting party” or the reporter…. jeez.

Sarah Rove

January 22nd, 2010
7:20 am

Wait a minute! I thought Obama was going to take everyone’s guns away??

Repub Here

January 22nd, 2010
7:28 am

Wonder how much the deep pockets insurance guy offered to keep this story quiet? Wonder why The Ox did not know the big insurance cronie had paid $120,000 to the campaign,wink,wink? Wonder if the big insurance guy paid the 120k to curry favor from The Ox re his insurance business,wink,wink???? Would one call these types of folks crooks????


January 22nd, 2010
7:36 am

Did Commissioner Oxendine violate Georgia Law? . . . . . . .
I would like to know if Oxendine and his son have completed the hunter education and safety course required by Georgia law? Completing this course would at least demonstrate the minimum level of personal responsibility necessary before arming a teenage hunter. If Oxendine failed to prepare his son for the huge responsibility of handling a firearm, it makes the father personally responsible for his son shooting someone.
I see Oxendine’s comments in the AJC as an attempt to minimize his responsibility to train and supervise his son. From the AJC: “People being peppered from time to time, does happen,” said Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, explaining that shotgun accidents aren’t that uncommon.
I disagree: “Peppered” is when shot falls down from the sky– it is the force of gravity on small pellets. A person is “Shot” is when the pellets are fired directly from a shotgun. Monty Russell was shot and hospitalized.
Also Oxendine is just WRONG: Getting shot by a shotgun is uncommon. In the last 35 years of bird hunting no one I personally know, or hunted with, has ever been shot. Based on our insurance commissioner’s comments I never want to hunt anywhere near John Oxendine.

Also Ran

January 22nd, 2010
8:05 am

Let it go! This was an accident caused by a 14 year old boy. I’m sure he feels bad enough and the embarrassment alone is probably excruciating. Mr. Robertson is a kind gentleman.

My father hunted all his life, including quail. This is not that uncommon. My godfather carried my brother’s pellets under the skin of his hand for many years. And fishermen have scars from hooks.
No big deal.


January 22nd, 2010
8:31 am

As Mark Felt (alias Deepthroat) might whisper in a darkend parking lot, “follow the birdshot!”

tired of the lies

January 22nd, 2010
8:33 am

If the Ox showed a little more concerned when he is interviewed on TV, it might have went a long way. Instead, just another excuse, (remeber, blue light, fancy loaded state car, wreck going to fake emergency at Capitol?)


January 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

Reminds me of all the stories i grew up hearing about in the news where fathers took their young sons deer hunting and very bad things happened as a result. Seriously bad judgements/decisions were made on the part of the father as to the basic maturity level of their child, which is easy to do, but if you’re placing a firearm in the hands of someone who is not old enough to drive, you are obligated as a parent to seriously and judiciously evaluate your child. “Happens all the time” -? What else happens all the time? You are the Insurance Commissioner for the State, charged with overseeing safety issues from fires to gas stations – and you did not have your child take a safety course before placing a weapon in his hands?


January 22nd, 2010
11:30 am

From an earlier report:

“The victim was hit with 30 pellets in his right leg. Oxendine, the state’s insurance commissioner since 1995, was hunting with his teenage sons at the Northwest Georgia Quail Preserve, co-owned by Delos “Dee” Yancey III, who is CEO of State Mutual Insurance Co., based in Rome.”

Two things I see wrong with this incident.

1. The most obvious is the lack of gun handling safety considerations. I have hunted for years including all types of bird hunting. One of the first things you do when hunting in groups such as this is to establish firing lanes. That four people were shooting at the same time also goes against every safety rule in the book.

2. I would also like to know who paid for this hunting trip. An insurance commissioner and son getting a free trip (not known) is very troubling to me.

From the news accounts I have seen, Oxendine comes across as an arrogant b****rd. Lack of judgement and common sense are not qualities that I wish to see in my next governor.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 22nd, 2010
11:33 am

Another comparison to Cheney…in BOTH instances the person who was SHOT apologized to the shooter, not the other way around.

“It was my fault I got shot.”


“I’d hunt with John Oxendine again. He’s a pal!”


January 23rd, 2010
2:08 pm

How was the trip to the ER paid for?

woodshed guy

January 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

I think they drove the man to the hospital in their own vehicle. Woneder who the Ox has for personal liability coverage. Some of these catered hunts at private lodges can easily cost over a few hundred dollars…maybe not…anyway I doubt he gets a billing.