Whatever happened to "Know Your Target Before Shooting"?
Elk hunter accidentally shoots horse in Salt Creek | SummitDaily.com
SUMMIT COUNTY — A hunter from Georgia shot and killed a horse late Tuesday evening in the Slate Creek area, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials said.
The horse was tied up and had a saddle on it when the shooting occurred at about 6:45 p.m., according to division spokesman Randy Hampton. , Hampton said.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Hampton said, adding that the agency will likely issue a citation.
The name of the hunter won’t be released until the district attorney’s office has reviewed the ticket.
But wildlife officials did say the hunter was in Colorado for his first elk hunt. The man owned up to his mistake and contacted the horse owner immediately, Hampton said.
“People see things … They want to see a cow elk,” said wildlife manager Shannon Schwab.
State law holds hunters responsible for properly identifying their targets and ensuring that errant shots don’t harm other people or property.
Tom Kroening, who is leaving the area after managing wildlife in Summit County for 12 years, said it was the first time he’d heard of a hunter mistakenly shooting a horse in the region.
More frequently, maybe eight or nine times a year, hunters mistakenly shoot a moose, Hampton said.
“It’s the number one rule, the first thing we teach in hunter education classes: Know you target,” Hampton said.
Considering that 300,000 licenses are issued each year in the state, the rare cases show that education efforts are effective, he said.