The fox made its escape while friends took the injured man to hospital.
'The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw,' said a police officer called to the scene in the Grodno region of Belarus.
Fox hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region in the north-west of the country, close to the border with Poland.
The hunter, who asked for his name to be withheld to save his embarrassment, was still in hospital yesterday.
One official said: 'I have never heard of anything like this before. 'The hunter couldn't believe it either. He was in shock.'
Foxes are not protected in Belarus because they transmit rabies.
The region is also a popular destination for hunters of elk, wild boar and even wolves. But from now on, they may not want to get too close to the animals they are stalking.
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