Skip to comments.Minnesota hunter near Junction City mistakes buddy for turkey, shoots him - twice
Posted on 05/01/2012 6:01:30 AM PDT by crosshairs
A Minnesota man turkey hunting in Kansas was so sure his buddy was a gobbler that he shot him twice. Brian Hansen, of Maple Grove, Minn., is expected to recover, according to Tony Wolf, of the Geary County Sheriffs Office.
The shooting happened early Friday morning in a public hunting area by Milford Reservoir near Junction City. Wolf said Hansen and Terrance Spaeth arrived at their hunting grounds before daylight and split up. Eventually Hansen walked back toward Spaeth and was shot when he was about 45 yards from his friend. (Spaeth) said he thought he saw a turkey so he fired, Wolf said. When he saw his friend rolling around on the ground he thought it was a turkey flopping so he shot one more time. When he heard the screams and moans he realized it wasnt a turkey.
Spaeth, 67, drove his friend to the hospital. Hansens family has requested his medical condition not be released. Wolf said the hunters had been coming to Kansas for several years to hunt wild turkeys in the spring. No charges will be filed against Spaeth. His hometown wasnt known. It was just a freak accident, Wolf said. It was an accident that should have been avoided, according to Kent Barrett, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism hunter education coordinator. Its inexcusable from the standpoint of what hunter education teaches, Barrett said. All hunters have the responsibility to identify their target. You have to know exactly what youre shooting and whats around it, too.
Hunters annually spend about 3 million man-days in the Kansas outdoors. Last year Barrett said there were 16 accidents. The only fatality happened when a turkey hunter shot himself in the leg while in his vehicle. Those numbers are about average for Kansas over the past decade. Its still very safe out there, Barrett said, but so many of those accidents could be avoided.
Barrett said historically the most common type of accident usually involves a hunter aiming at moving game, like a quail, and not noticing a hunting partner near the bird. Careless gun handling was to blame for 10 Kansas accidents last year, Barrett said. Several were people shooting themselves in the foot while running with a loaded gun. The fact that turkey hunters are usually dressed in camouflage to avoid the birds keen eyes may contribute to some accidents.
That just puts that much more responsibility on the hunter to positively identify the target is a wild turkey, Barrett said. In the springtime, hunters also must make sure a turkey has a beard a thick, hair-like projection from their chest mainly found on male birds. Barrett said Fridays incident wasnt the first time someone had mistaken a partner for a turkey and shot him twice. The other happened last November, at the same public hunting area.
Barrett said three soldiers from Fort Riley were hunting, with one of the hunters walking within heavy brush to flush out birds while his buddies walked in the open nearby. One of the hunters mistook his friend moving in the brush for a turkey so he shot and knocked him down. He and his buddy were exchanging high-fives that theyd gotten a turkey, Barrett said. When they saw (the wounded hunter) get up and moving away, they shot him again. He, too, survived.
It was the same kind of thing, shooting at movement or shooting at noise, Barrett said. Its just unacceptable behavior anytime you havent properly identified your target.
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Are we sure that they were friends.
What a difference the political party of the president makes!
No ranks, and no indication that these were members of the military until the next-to-last paragraph.
FU Big Media!
At least he didn’t field-dress him afterwards.
A prime example of why you are supposed to positively identify your target before firing. I have never seen a turkey(or deer for that matter)that even vaguely resembled a human. Guys like this give hunters a bad name. The second shot was the icing on the cake. This guy should be in jail. Not only that 45 yards is an extreme range to be shooting at turkeys or any other game bird with a shotgun, good thing the guy wasn’t closer.
Yes, and Big Media didn’t really want it to be obvious that they are MILITARY personnel.
Having been stationed at Ft. Riley for three years, I’m mildly surprised that the wound was not self-inflicted.
OPS, sorry all, my apologies.
They were reporting another earlier incident from Ft. Riley.
In this case they WANTED to highlight the military idiocy as well.
FU Big Media — STILL!
“Take that, turkey!” (and again)
That Calvary Museum is pretty darn good,but after three
yrs at Riley not so much,Long time in one spot
Heard one a few yrs back where two turkey hunters were
using calls andwere closing in on each other and one
guy got shot
Why I prefer fishin..much safer
You win! That’s truly a “hold mah beer” occurence!
I get the feeling there may have been more than one “Wild Turkey” involved here...
My big question about this - was the soldier that was shot a member of the JAG corp perhaps?
Turkeys are everywhere around here, but I never took up turkey hunting for just this reason. You are completely camouflaged and making turkey calls. What could possibly go wrong? Hunters should identify their targets. Sure, do they?
I'll bet that the number one serious injury to turkey hunters is from being SHOT by another turkey hunter. It's the only one I ever hear about.
You are so correct. Either this guy is a total imbecile or the story is written towards making hunters out to be idiots. A 45 yard shot at a turkey with a shotgun? How do you see if the turkey has a beard at that distance? I gave up hunting on public land years ago. You never who you’ll run into out there.
That's good shooting pardner!
Sometimes I think the adoption of "hunter orange" hunting hats, caps, coats, etc. is behind this lax behavior. It conditions hunters to look for that flash of blaze orange. If it's not there - well, it must be a game animal. Turkey season, of course, amplifies the problem. Not just because of the full camoflage, but because it is late in the year. Many turkey hunters just spent Fall and Winter pursuing deer or small game while both wearing orange and looking for it.
It would be interesting to compare the hunting accident stats from before the use of hunter orange, with those since.
“I think I just killed my friend. What do I do?”
Dispatcher “Well, first make sure he’s dead.”
“OK, what do I do next?”
I have always considered the drive to and from the hunting area the most hazardous part of hunting. All hunters should know turkeys don't wear camouflage!
Any one confused with the photos shouldn't be hunting!