A Utah hunter is recovering from a birdshot wound in his buttocks caused when his dog stepped on his shotgun on Sunday.

The unnamed man from Brigham City was duck hunting with a buddy at the Great Salt Lake. He laid his 12-gauge shotgun on a boat's bow when he got out of the craft, according to the paper. His dog jumped on the bow, causing the weapon to discharge a burst of fire that punctured the man's posterior.

The hapless hunter was setting up decoys in the water when the mishap occurred. Doctors at a nearby hospital dislodged 27 pellets from the 46-year-old man's buttocks. Box Elder County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Potter says the man stood about 10 feet from his hound when he got hit and said he wasn't seriously injured, perhaps because he wore waders.

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