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A hunter is in the hospital and four of his friends have been charged with multiple counts of illegal hunting after an incident Saturday afternoon just off a major thoroughfare in Prince George's County, Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

Roy A. Contee, 57, of Upper Marlboro, was charged with negligent hunting, hunting without written permission and hunting with buckshot after he allegedly shot a member of his hunting group in the abdomen and knee, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Sunday.

Ricky L. Johnson, 59, of Clinton, was taken to Prince George's County Hospital for treatment of his wounds, which were not considered life-threatening, the police said.

The five men were hunting just off Indian Head Highway and Oxon Hill Road on land owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Shortly before 2 p.m., as some of the hunters were moving toward the others in an attempt to flush out deer from the underbrush, a deer leapt out and startled the group. Contee fired a shotgun loaded with buckshot, striking Johnson, NRP Sgt. Art Windemuth said.

Rescue crews fought through heavy underbrush to reach Johnson and carry him to safety, Windemuth said, adding that three other men were charged with several counts of illegal hunting.

Bryan Creek, 33, of Capitol Heights, was charged with hunting without a license and state hunter safety certificate, hunting on land without written permission and illegal use of buckshot.

James E. Creek, 66, of Capitol Heights, was charged with failure to field tag a deer, illegal use of buckshot, failure to wear fluorescent orange and hunting on land without written permission.

Marcus R. Johnson, 56, of Fort Washington, was charged with hunting without permission and illegal use of buckshot.

Saturday was the second of two days when deer could be hunted with modern firearms in the Baltimore-Washington region. Deer can be hunted with bows and arrows until Jan. 31.

A separate investigation is being conducted by the Maryland National Capital Park Police.

candy.thomson@baltsun.com

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