Deer Hunter Recovering From Gunshot Wound

A 48-year-old man is hospitalized after he was shot in the back by another hunter who mistook him for a deer.

The Star-News of Wilmington reports that the man is recovering at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Officer Fred Gorchess of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said the man was shot with a rifle by another hunter in Pender County. Gorchess said the victim was walking out of the woods near Watha about 5:30 p.m. last Friday when he was shot.

A 23-year-old man was charged with negligent hunting resulting in bodily injury. Gorchess says the charge is a misdemeanor. Authorities would not identify either man. Gorchess said the two

men knew each other but weren't hunting together. Both are from the Watha area, six miles north of Burgaw.

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  • by deer getter Location: goldsboro on Nov 28, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    I deer every day during the season.If one can not tell the difference between man and deer he needs to give up now. I would charge this man,no name given and he would never hunt again.You need to know what your target is and tell the difference.What a darn shame this has happen
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 27, 2008 at 05:51 PM
    That must have been one ugly man!
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Nov 27, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    To Ron from Merritt: Game birds and animals, other than raccoon and opossum, and other animals for which a season has been set, may be taken only between 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset with rifle, pistol, shotgun, bow and arrow, dogs or by means of falconry. Call (800) 675-0263 for shooting hours formigratory birds. This is directly from the NC Wildlife resources commision website......I also looked up what sunset was for that area that day and it was 17:13 (5:13) So legally as far as time goes he was ok.......on the other hand muzzel control and knowing what you are shooting should ALWAYs be number one! He should lose his lisence for life!!
  • by moonpie Location: mars on Nov 27, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    at least he didn't try to field dress him...
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Nov 27, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    If he could tell the difference between a Man and a Deer he should get eye glasses
  • by Ron Location: Merritt on Nov 27, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    Isn't the law "no hunting or shooting before sunrise or after sunset? Since sunset on the day of the shooting was just prior to 5:00 PM, the shooter was clearly in violation of the hunting rules and should indeed lose his hunting privileges forever as well as be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The time constraints are not to protect animals, they are to protect OTHER HUNTERS!!
  • by Phil Location: Washington on Nov 27, 2008 at 07:57 AM
    Actually, muzzle control is the number one rule. (not trying to start anything just thought I should mention)
  • by ??? Location: NC on Nov 27, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    To Sue, just before dusk and right after dawn are the most likely times to see a deer. As for the hunter that did the shooting, his hunting license should be permanently revoked.There is no excuse for this. He violated one of the main rules of gun safety. "Always be sure of your target before firing".This was dumb negligence.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 27, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    I guess no horns and blaze orange weren't a clue! When this kind of thing happens the shooter should lose their hunting license for life to protect the public. There is no excuse for this. I've been hunting for 45 years and can speak with authority.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Nov 27, 2008 at 04:57 AM
    Senseless! Mistook him for a deer, give me a break. The number one rule has always been be sure of your target and what's beyond. In addition to criminal charges this clown should loose his hunting privileges for life.
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