Hunting incident kills California man near Ten Sleep

(Washakie County, WY) – 63-year-old Ron Blank, of California, was shot while hunting with his son, 40-year-old Dan Blank, of Texas, in the Cabin Spring area on October 6th.

The two were reportedly climbing up a ridge as they headed back to their vehicle when they encountered a rock face and climbed over it, according to a press release from the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office.

“While handing rifles up so he could climb up the rock face, Ron Blank was struck in the upper right chest area after the rifle discharged.”


His son rendered immediate first aid and called Washakie County for assistance. The Washakie County Sheriff’s Office, Ten Sleep EMS, Guardian Flight, and Worland EMS responded.

Ambulances could not travel up the road due to adverse road conditions. Private vehicles and Sheriff’s unit transported EMS to the Cabin Spring area, where units proceeded to the scene on foot.

Dan stayed on the phone giving directions and vectored first responders to the correct area by firing pistol rounds into the air.

Ron was life-flighted to the Worland hospital where he later passed away due to massive internal trauma/injuries and extreme loss of blood.

This case is still under investigation by the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office and the Washakie County Coroner’s Office.


“All, please remember to be aware of your situation and surroundings and as always, Stay Safe Out There,” Washakie County Sheriff Steven R. Rakness stated at the end of the release.

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