Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Turkey business

A hunter who thinks another hunter is a deer or an elk? I can see how that could happen. But thinking a hunter is a wild turkey? Not so probable.

Even so, a man hunting turkeys on the Uncompahgre Plateau on April 22 was accidentally shot by another hunter. The man's injuries were minor, but the incident prompted this alert from the Colorado Division of Wildlife: "Know what you're shooting at."

The DOW says turkey hunting is actually riskier than other hunting activities. Hunters dress in camouflage and use calls and decoys that often sound or look like the real thing. In the Western Slope incident, the man who was shot was trying to call in birds. The man who shot him was 50 yards away, and says when he saw movement in the bushes, he thought it was a turkey.

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