Fortunately most were not fatal. Sadly the two archery incidents were cometely avoidable. Most particularly the guy who walked into the other hunter. That is just flat stupid! As for the guy who was shot. How in the world do you miss a human near the elk. That was either a hail Mary shot from 60+ yard or attempted murder! Really tough to live with yourself if you were the shooter!
-------------------- Clay Walker Skill is not born into anyone. It is earned thru hard work and perseverance. Posts: 3246 | From: Vancouver, WA. | Registered: May 2009
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Clay, I don't think the question is "How do you miss a human near an elk". Rather the question is "Why would a person draw his weapon on a target he/she isn't sure of?"
I can answer from personal experience that sometimes it is unbridled HOPE that what the hunter is hearing is going to be the elk of his/her dreams. I once found myself looking backwards down a drawn arrow when a young man with his compound at full draw walked up to the stand of timber I was hiding in. I had been bugling and he had only to release the arrow and I might have been a casualty. When I yelled out to him, he pulled his aim off me and was very shaken at what could have happened.
-------------------- "To me, how you take an animal and how you conduct the hunt, and what you gain from the experience is what bowhunting is all about." -Jay Massey Posts: 345 | From: Washington | Registered: Jul 2003
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