ORIGINAL: mark hay
3 or 4 years back some bonehead was mushroom hunting on private property , wearing a white sweatshirt , before noon, which is unloading time for turkey hunters , and had the misfortune of meeting up with another bonehead that didn't identify his target ,,,and he shot the shroom hunter. no excuse for either party involved there .
I will apologize in advance if this takes the conversation in the wrong direction. This is not directed at you as a person, mark, only your thinking in this area.
To imply that the mushroom hunter in the white shirt was is some way responsible for being shot is outrageous. Unless you are coming in my bedroom window at 3:00 am to borrow my skill saw, you do not bear any responsibility if I accidentally shoot you!
I have been interrupted in mid-hunt by hikers, mushroomers, farmers and mountain bikers, on public and private land. None of them were asking to be shot. If you pick up a firearm, you accept responsibility for every living thing within your range.
Again, I find us spending time on skewed logic. Lawful hunters with excellent firearms discipline are the key to eliminating hunting accidents. The fact that shootings continue to decline in the face of more turkey hunters, using more lethal loads, and aggressive tactics proves it.
I do not deny that being defensive is a good way to reduce your risk, but we need to stop the "shooting victim blame game". We also need to accept that hunter mortality is far more dependent on our health than it is on whether we use hevi-shot or decoys.