Friends like these.

Ricky L. Johnson, 59, of Clinton, was hunting with four of his buddies on state land off Indian Head Highway, when one them, Roy A. Contee, 57, hit him with buckshot after being startled by a deer. Johnson is in the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

After rescue crews tore through brush to bring Johnson safely out of the woods, Maryland Natural Resources Police charged the rest of the group with a laundry list of hunting violations (one of which was hunting with buckshot).

Saturday was the last day of the season for hunting deer with non-muzzle-loading firearms. Deer can be hunted with bows and arrows until January 31. But be sure to get a license, wear fluorescent orange, get permission to hunt on the land, field tag the deer, oh and be careful!