Hunter Mistakes Pal for Bird, Shoots Him —Twice

Brian Hansen is expected to recover
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2012 1:26 PM CDT
A wild turkey walks through a field while feeding on corn near West Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – While hunting with his friend Brian Hansen before daylight Friday, Terrance Spaeth thought he saw a turkey, so he shot. When Hansen fell and began rolling around on the ground, Spaeth didn't realize he'd actually hit his friend—he thought it was still a turkey … so he shot again. Finally, "when he heard the screams and moans, he realized it wasn't a turkey," a sheriff's office representative tells the Wichita Eagle.

Spaeth, 67, drove Hansen to the hospital; he is expected to recover, and no charges will be filed. A hunter education coordinator says Kansas saw 16 hunting accidents last year, including one fatality when a hunter shot himself in the leg. And at least one other time, a hunter mistakenly identified his partner as a turkey and shot him more than once. The partner survived.

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