It was a horrifying discovery for a Perry County family Wednesday afternoon.
Kentucky State Police say around 3:30 p.m., the family of 13 year-old Austin Moore found his body behind the family barn.
"It was determined the juvenile was deceased, and all preliminary evidence points to an accidental shooting," said Trooper Tony Watts.
Authorities say it appears Moore had been carrying a handgun while checking hunting traps, when he dropped the gun, and it fired, killing him.
"He was very outgoing, he just had a lot ahead of him," said friend Celesta Cody.
Friends say he attended Viper Elementary School, and loved to be outdoors.
"A regular teenager - he loved to hunt, and fish," said Cody, "Around here that's pretty much all there is to do."
As the community mourns his loss, area residents say it's also a tragic reminder of the importance of gun safety.
"It's just a wake-up call to us all who have young teenagers who go out and hunt and fish," said Cody, "It's just horrible."
Police do not suspect foul play.