Game wardens and police are investigating a hunting-related shooting that happened Saturday on private property in Huntington.
The Vermont Warden Service and Vermont State Police responded to a 911 call made by a hunter Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
The victim was heading for a tree in a wooded area near Main Road when he was hit in the abdomen by a single shot fired by another hunter who claimed he mistook the victim for a bear, the statement said. . The victim was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center where he was in critical condition.
Neither party was wearing safety gear. Hunters and the general public are encouraged to wear bright orange in the woods during hunting seasons, Game Warden Det. sergeant. Robert Currier said in the release.
“These incidents are highly preventable and underscore the importance of positively identifying your target while hunting,” he said.
Everyone involved in the incident has been identified and there is no outstanding risk to the public, officials said. The investigation is ongoing.
— Auditi Guha