Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2007

Hunters mistakes friend for grouse

Rachel De Lazzer, Staff Reporter - TheStar.com - 7 Oct. 2007

A 43-year-old hunter from the Oshawa area was critically injured Saturday night after his hunting partner mistook him for a grouse and shot him.

Police and paramedics were called to a scene near Muskie Lane in the Killaloe area near Ottawa around 7 p.m. Saturday night said Const. Keltie Milloy with the Ontario Provincial Police.

Two men had been grouse hunting on private property when one man mistook his partner for the bird and fired one shot that struck him. The man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition. “He’s not out of the woods yet,” said Milloy. His partner, who fired the shot, was not injured.

Police haven’t determined whether the men knew the owners of the property or not, said Milloy.

She said neither man was wearing the standard “hunter orange” colour typically worn by hunters to clearly distinguish them from animals.

Milloy said the Killaloe area is popular for hunting and fishing, however since the area is private she doesn’t believe those grounds are hunted often.

Similar hunting accidents occur once or twice a year in Killaloe, said Milloy.

It is not yet determined whether charges will be laid and police are conducting the investigation in conjunction with officials at the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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