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VT: Moose hunter is in critical condition after being shot

Man Critically Injured In Hunting Mishap Hunter Mistook Man For Bear, Police Say

POSTED: 9:46 pm EDT October 22, 2008

GRANBY, Vt. -- A moose hunter is in critical condition after being shot by another hunter who mistook him for a bear, Vermont State Police said.

John Boppel, 46, of Ashland, Pa., is facing reckless endangerment charges in the shooting of Calvin Noble, of Granby, police said.

Investigators said Noble and his son were hunting when he was shot while sitting on a stump and using a moose call. Boppel was also moose hunting but saw what he believed was a bear under a tree. Boppel fired one shot, hitting Noble in the hip area, according to police.

Police said Nobel was taken to Weeks Hospital in Lancaster, N.H., and later flown to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

More charges are possible.  

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