Here is what I wrote about turkey hunting safety after my buddy was shot. Dewey posted the link to that thread.
Jerry is a long time MN hunter safety instructor who teaches hunters how to avoid these accidents. I taught MN hunter education for 20+ years, in particular turkey hunting and its safety. As part of our volunteer instructing we have studied the anatomy of accidents.
It is extremely important for all us to understand how one of these accidental shootings happens from the shooter's perspective.
Consider the average shooter in accidents have 17+ years of hunting experience.
What?! How can this be?
A psychological condition called "premature closure"-- this is when an experience hunter's subconscious brain takes all the visual and auditory clues that he has seen and heard so many times before with approaching game; he becomes convinced a turkey is present. He prematurely closes out other conflicting queues and instead the shooter begins searching for parts of the turkey, head, wing, movement, etc.
The victim camouflaged is mostly hidden. It is the parts of the man; a white hand, piece of his cheek, ear lobe, exposed neck or t shirt that is screened by brush and moves a bit. The human form is hidden from the shooters view and a form of tunnel vision occurs. This is when the accident happens.
The shooter obviously could prevent this by pausing double and triple checking his target.
Should you ever suspect another turkey hunter is nearby talk out loud, do not move, do not get up to leave or wave. Talk, shout or yell until you get his attention because he might be convinced part of you is a turkey already.
In no way is any of the above intended to excuse the shooter. It is the shooter who has the responsibility and obligation to ensure the safety of all those around him. Never assume you are immune to becoming the shooter who causes an accident. This alone could keep you from suffering premature closure.
BTW, as this seems to matter to some; both the victim and the shooter were from Minnesota, in other words they are NR who hunted WI. The shooter had about 13 years of turkey hunting experience and had traveled all over the country turkey hunting. He was not a beginner.
Fortunately hunting accidents are very rare. Hunting is among the safest of pastimes.