Originally Posted by JKidd
It's really not. Unless you're on your own, private, fenced in land, it's a true life and death situation to walk in the woods to a stand or hunt when rifle season is open. Too many people just shoot at something, instead of taking a couple extra seconds to confirm their target.
As a bow hunter that has had to track a deer onto someone elses land, it's a VERY frightening feeling. One thing I've started doing is bringing an extra blaze orange hat and vest with me for bow hunting (it's not used until it's tracking time) just to try and avoid this kind of situation.
On the topic, very tragic. Very very tragic. At that range, with the bow hunter likely in camo gear, I have no idea why Stan would take the shot. I've been looking through a scope my entire life as an avid hunter since age 6'ish, and I can't - for the life of me - understand how or why someone pulls the trigger with looking through a scope and "thinking" they see a deer. Either know, or don't take the shot.
Very tragic indeed. I just feel that rifles are too powerful and deadly to be allowed in areas where other folks are/could be in close proximity. He was 3 football fields away! I also know that there are far more considerate and responsible hunters than not. As an outdoorsman whose job requires me to work in the woods, I feel safer knowing that rifle hunting is not allowed in most of my work area. I always wear blaze orange.
In NY most state lands are open for hunting, with no limit on how many people can go there. If rifle is allowed in more of the state, we will see an increase in these deadly/accidental shootings.
That being said, good luck! Shotgun opens around here this Saturday.