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Swedish elk hunter dead after partner's misfire

Published: 26 Nov 2012 08:45 GMT+01:00

“He died immediately,” said Stefan Klingstedt of the Linköping police to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The deceased man, a 60-year-old elk hunter, was out with his friends in the Kinda woods in Kisa, southern Sweden, when the incident occurred.

After the hunters caught sight of an elk and its calf, the 60-year-old found himself in the line of fire and took a bullet to the head.

“They had one calf left they were going to take and it was that calf they were aiming for,” explained Klingstedt.

The hunters alerted emergency services immediately.

A forensic investigation took place on Sunday afternoon, where analysts looked into the firing angles and the positions of the hunters and the prey, wrote the paper.

Several witnesses have also been questioned.

Police have launched an investigation into the matter, which has temporarily been labelled as involuntary manslaughter.

“A lot of things suggest that this will be reclassified. It appears as though it’s more or less an accident,” Klingstedt told the paper.

"This is completely horrible for everyone involved."

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09:15 November 26, 2012 by Borilla
Time to stop this foolishness. Shooting a calf? What brave hunters. Alcohol involved or senility?
10:11 November 26, 2012 by fikatid
They got a taste of their own medicine or stew in their own juice, so to speak.
10:14 November 26, 2012 by wabasha
they harvest the calves because they taste great and its effective population control. meat in the grocery store comes from animals at about the same age.
10:20 November 26, 2012 by Keith #5083
Firstly, I am sorry that a man lost his life in pursuit of this tradition. As a foreigner I have no right to comment upon a tradition in a land that has endeared me to it through it's sense of fairness and balance in the society.

In my area the Elg are a big tourist attraction,so I am a little puzzled by the hunting scenario.However, the biggest problem I find is the presence of alcohol,in quite large quantities, in this activity. I am most nervous driving on Swedish roads during the hunting season.

Whilst I recognise that the hunting is theoretically well controlled, incidences like this one do not enthuse me with a sense of safety upon the roads during the hunting season.
12:02 November 26, 2012 by skogsbo
Keith,

Pursuit of Tradition, without wolves roaming the land by their 1000s Elk have no natural preditors, so their numbers need controlling, when elk numbers rise, so do traffic accident and historically speaking, elk numbers are high now than they've been for 100s of years and life is less tough and they are hunted to the limit anymore, there are strict quotas and a season. (last day tomorrow for most).

Alcohol, having been involved in hunting for Elk, boar etc in Sweden for 10years, never seen a drop of alcohol drunk, before, during or after a hunt.. it might be done by hangers on, but 99.999% of hunters are very diligent, far more so than in other nations I've been to.

It sounds like the guy walked into the line of fire, but we'll wait for the verdict, rather than jump to conclusions.

Calf meat - how old do you think 1/2 the meat in the supermarket is? pork, beef, etc. ?
12:04 November 26, 2012 by Rishonim
What a senseless way to lose a life. Yet, I don't believe it was an accident.....
13:24 November 26, 2012 by Osk
Skogsbo

Who counts the numbers of elk?
13:39 November 26, 2012 by djmarko
hunter becomes the hunted!!
14:06 November 26, 2012 by skogsbo
osk, the state counts them, but it regional, rather than purely a national average. They also tranquiliser quite a few then attach radio collars to track population movement, at the same time females are ultra sound scan for pregnancy, to estimate population growth, bulls are aged by the points on their antlers etc. So it's a reasonably accurate estimate, but also with a future projection, it also allows them to assess how the previous years hunting quota and the past winter influenced the population.

Quotas are usually done per 1000hectare, so smaller hunting groups have to average down etc. This year the quota was harsher for the first week of the hunt when most people go out, to prevent the population taking a hit, it usually specifies things like only 2nd calfs and bull over 5 points for the first week, then slightly more lax quotas for the remaining few weeks.

So, you see compared to most styles of hunting I would say they is a fair bit of control. The only problem is that some hunters are city dwellers with purchased hunting rights and they may only hunt for a few days year, this can cause problems as they may only carry a weapon a few days per year and get a bit target orientated and their peripheral vision that may have picked up other activities just gets ignored, but likewise someone who is in the forest most days with a gun, could become complaciant, it's a question of balance.
14:15 November 27, 2012 by Osk
The state counts them - are you saying there are state employed 'inspectors' who go around counting the elk or is it that hunting teams keep a record of them and submit the numbers to the state maybe?

and how many elk were hunted last year ( or this year)
23:38 November 30, 2012 by expatjourno
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