SPRINGFIELD, Maine — A 12-year-old Florida boy is in the hospital after shooting himself in the foot Thursday while hunting with his father, Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald said in a press release.

Ashton Crowther of New Port Richey, Florida, was hunting deer with his father, John Crowther, at noon near Old Winn Road when the shooting occurred, MacDonald said.

“The two had stopped along a woods road as they were heading back to their ATVs to return to camp for lunch,” he states. “Ashton placed the barrel of the Remington Model 742 Woodsmaster .308 caliber rifle against his left foot and inadvertently pulled the trigger. Ashton sustained a bullet wound to his left foot and was transported by his father and uncle to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, where he was examined and transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.”

MacDonald ended the email with a note on recommended gun safety.

“The Maine Warden Service reminds all hunters to be diligent about firearm safety,” he said. “Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and always be sure of your target and surroundings.”