Former LSU Lineman Shot By Dog While Hunting

Former Lousiana State University offensive lineman, Matt Branch, had his leg amputates after being shot by a dog while duck hunting.

According to Micah Heckford, a friend of Matt, said that they were with a group of friends on annual duck and deer hunting trip. They were in Mississippi on land owned by a family of Matt Branch. Branch played during the 2009 season through the 2011 season for LSU.

Heckford says that for about six or so years now, they have gone hunting as group. The group was made of five to eight men. During the mornings they hunt ducks, and during the evenings they hunt deer.

Former LSU Offensive Lineman Loses Leg To Gunshot

At around 9:40 a.m., Matt and a few of his friends were standing on the bed of the Ranger they were driving to take them to different hunting spots. Matt laid his gun down flat on the bed of the truck. He then walked around to the passenger side to finish loading the vehicle up. However, Heckford says that he was about 4 feet away from Matt at the time.

While the hunters were loading the truck, their hunting companion, a Labrador retriever by the name of Tito jumped on the bed of the vehicle. He was walking around, looking for somewhere to sit. The dog accidentally stepped on the safety of Branch’s shotgun and pulled the trigger.

After hearing the gunshot, Heckford says that everyone looked up and saw that Matt was hit. The former LSU lineman was struck in his left thigh.

Heckford says that the group of men have all been hunting for over 20 years. He says that there is always a chance that something bad may happen but they weren’t expecting it to occur this trip.

The family has set up a GoFundme for the former lineman as he transitions to a life as an amputee.