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Hiker fatally shot by hunter

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PDXoriginal, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    Hiker fatally shot by hunter near Sublimity, Oregon | kgw.com Portland

    You could say the victim should have worn red or bright colors considering it is hunting season, but it really is all on the hunter. Before you pull that trigger it is your responsibility to correctly identify what you are shooting at, NEVER "assume" what you are shooting, be 100% sure.

    Stuff like this gives hunting a bad name.
     
  2. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    "He saw what he thought was a bear, moving in the brush," Could the hunter identify what part of the "bear" he was aiming at?
     
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  3. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, this disgusts me.
    It is the hunters responsibility to take a safe and humane shot AFTER identifying the target. This jacka$$ just saw movement and let the bullet fly, and killed someone as a result.

    This was negligent homicide.
    He deserves whatever he has coming, and more.
     
  4. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    That's horrible! I don't understand how this happens unless someone is just shooting at movement. I've never hunted bears but hunting deer and elk the very least thing you need to do is verify if it's got antlers or not depending on whether you've got a doe/buck or cow/bull tag! I don't know if bear tags are gender specific but regardless, the silhouettte is quite a bit different between a human and a bear.
     
  5. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    This is why I stay out of the woods during hunting season.
     
  6. sneakboxer

    sneakboxer NW OR Active Member

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    Not sex requirement but you need to ensure there are no cubs around. Not to mention shot placement. This dirtbag gives us sportsmen a bad name i hope he gets what he deserves... Thoughts to the hikers family.
     
  7. FLYPNW

    FLYPNW Fircrest, Washington & Jensen Beach, Florida Member

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    There must be more to this story. He saw movement in the brush and thought it was a bear? WHAT made him think it was a bear? How tragic.

    Semper Fidelis to my fallen brother who was unfortunately mistaken as a bear... (I read he was a Marine Corps Reservist).
     
  8. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the guy skipped the part where he identified what he was shooting. Could have been anything big enough to make movement in the brush.

    I'm guessing he gets charged with something because it was a negligent shot.

    Sounds really close to a case of buck fever.
     
  9. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    Sad.... R.I.P

    Feel sorry for grandson who had to see/experience that.
     
  10. slingshot1943

    slingshot1943 salem or Well-Known Member

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    Bears don't have to be shot! There is no excuse for not being sure of the target. It's just not that important to bag an animal.
     
  11. FLYPNW

    FLYPNW Fircrest, Washington & Jensen Beach, Florida Member

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    If a tree moves in the forest...shoot it?
     
  12. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    To determine if it was a criminal act in OR, the question to ask is "Would a reasonable person shoot at a tree moving in the forest"?
     
  13. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    As a person who was shot at three times by an idiot deer hunter in my youth (lucky he was a lousy shot) I don't have much pity for what will happen to the shooter.

    I can thank another idiot hunter for tinnitus 24/7.
     
  14. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    WOW My son and I were hunting just on the south side of Silver Ridge Road not a 1/4 mile from there last week. The tree line on the other side of the road is the park boundry. I have hunted that area off and on for 40 years and I have never heard of a bear being taken or seen there.

    That is also a totally weird place for any hiker to be since it is all POSTED private property and no where near ANY trails.

    Sorry to hear about the guy who got shot but what a weird situation for there to be a hiker in a place they never should have been and a hunter shooting at something he had no idea what it was. The artical says the Hiker was walking across a field at the time he was shot. All the Fields in that area are grass fields and would only have no more then 6" tall vegitation. The trees in that area to the south of the road are so dense as to make it almost impossible to pass through them. NOT a hiking area.

    My son and I walked down the tiny narrow dirt road that is right across from where the map shows this took place and we never ventured out into the trees as it was just to dense. We would have been on our hands and knees.
     
  15. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    It's at least while I wear bright orange all over my person when I hunt.

    I'm definitely not saying it was the victims fault, obviously the shooter is at fault here, but if you know people who act like this are in the woods during hunting season (and who doesn't know that there are full-blown idiots out there), why would you go hunting without BRIGHT orange all over you?
     
  16. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    absolutely!
     
  17. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    huh? the dude was hiking. Not hunting.
     
  18. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Okay, the point remains the same. Fall is hunting season in Oregon. Know the area you are in and what is going on around you. Like I said, it's not the victims fault, but it's certainly a reminder to wear bright colored clothing while in the woods, whatever you're doing (for you Chipperxd), during hunting season...
     
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    Oh I agree about announcing yourself with brigh colors. I'm just saying people usually don't wear orange vests when you go hiking. I sure as **** don't but then again, I don't hike up a mountain side during hunting season.
     
  20. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    If I do, this is a **** of a reminder to wear orange, isn't it...