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.