DON'T BE This Guy! (Hunter on Hunter)

A Georgia hunter was shot and killed after being mistaken for a deer

I can’t stress this point enough. Don’t shoot until you know your target and what’s behind it. Every year there are major failures of hunter training, we hear it all the time. Seriously! IF it IS a deer, it will be a deer five minutes, five hours, or five days from now. Your friend may not be so if You Don’t Know!

(then there’s hunting bow season with a fire arm… but, Jesus…)

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How was this friend mistaken for a deer? And do you have anymore information on this. I’m a little confused how a person wearing camo with hi visible markings or orange outlines would be taken as a brown animal.

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People get stupid or excited and take sound shots, or wiggling-brush shots.

My first ex was hunting when a couple rounds snapped past his head… someone shooting from across a draw to his side of the ridge with no clue and no sight picture. :scream:

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This is one of the reason I only hunt on private property, alone, or with my son in the blind with me. Too many Chicago hunters come here, and shoot at EVERYTHING!

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@45IPAC. You can’t trust a Chicago Hunter Chet for different reasons, they could be drinking while hunting which means it’s dangerous, they can cop a Chicago attitude, you probably know what I’m saying, they could be there to ditch a gun or two that may have a body attached to them. Chicago many Chicago people believe that anyone who lives outside of the greater Chicago metropolitan area either do not exist or something else I won’t get into. There’s a few good ones I’m sure. You just don’t know so better to exercise caution than blind trust. I’ve been here not all my life but 55 years out of my 69 years, so I’m a good resource for many things.

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@CoonDockCountry I’m afraid I only have the local news article. It would appear two young ‘folk’ went out hunting with firearms (during bow season) and became separated enough to have lost awareness of where the other was. It seems the victim got himself into a thicket and started moving the branches around. The other took the commotion as a ‘possible’ and either shot hoping to hit the animal or “just spook it out.”

Given the blatant mistakes described in the article, I’d have to go with the possibility neither was flagged in hunter orange. It’s a certainty they were not communicating effectively. As often the case, it is a terrible waste of two young folks; and a lesson taught again why hunter safety is so darn important to take seriously.

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Wow! @CHRIS4. People just don’t communicate anymore like they should.

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OK thanks. Yea I can see the possibility of brush disturbance being a reason to fire. With that being said this is a very clear case of poor training by parents in which allowing young ones or of age to think it’s right to shoot firearms during bow season, now if you can’t see what it is to identify it. Probably best not to shoot at it. Especially since you knew you came out with a friend.

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It’s been a long time ago, but, a hunter from Chicago shot a neighbors cow. Brown cow, deer are brown, sure it makes sense. :roll_eyes:

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Oh lord Chet,
Well there you have it. There’s a state conservation area outside of Chicago, called Des Plaines Conservation Area (or at least there was) Shotgun Deer and farm raised Pheasant but it’s really not hunting because you’re in an area where farm raised birds so you know there guaranteed to shoot your limit, but they draw out of Chicago predominantly. I was there once years ago I went home there were many hunters drinking hard liquor and some with shotgun in one arm beer can in other hand, running with 6 packs attached to belts. Very unsafe park rangers only present at ranger station. Conservation police nowhere. There apparently was no funding for more than a few officers for several parks per 1 conservation police officer. Anyway, to get out of there and I have never been back.

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This is why I quit hunting, too many STUPID people out there. My last hunt: Early morning, first day black powder season. A nice rack coming thru the bushes at a steady pace, not the step, step, pause, of a deer, just a steady plodding. Idiot carrying deer on his back, head of deer on top of his head. He had killed the deer at night before opening day. Look on his face when he looks down the bore of my .50 caliber Hawkin was priceless, I have not been hunting since. I don’t want to shoot anybody, and I don’t want to be shot by some Idiot with an itchy trigger finger.

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:scream:
Some people really don’t think. He was very very lucky that you do.

Welcome to the group!

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Yeah, I read about that. Hunter claimed it was the biggest two-point buck he ever saw.

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