Boy, 12, accidentally shot in face

A 12-year-old boy has been accidentally shot in the face while playing with a rifle on a rural property in south-west NSW.

The boy was with a group of people on the property at Thuddungra, north-west of Young, when the .22 rifle was fired at about 7pm on Wednesday.

"Police have been told the boy and a friend were in possession of a .22 rifle which discharged and a round ricocheted into the face of the boy," a NSW Police statement said.

He was immediately driven from the property before being met by an ambulance and taken to Young Hospital. He was in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

He has since been airlifted to the Children's Hospital at Westmead for specialist care.

Officers from Cootamundra Local Area Command have established a crime scene at the property however police said they "do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances involved".

Young District Hospital.

Young District Hospital.