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Hunter shot dead in northern Sweden

TT/The Local · 21 Sep 2010, 21:05

Published: 21 Sep 2010 21:05 GMT+02:00

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Police have launched a preliminary investigation into manslaughter.

At the time of the shooting, three hunters were in the vicinity of the shelter, two outside and one inside.

The one hunter fired an practice shot at a target and, for reasons which remain unclear, a third person walked into the line of fire and was hit.

When police and an ambulance arrived on the scene at 5.22pm the victim, a 62-year-old man from Härnösand, was pronounced dead.

The weapon from which the shot was fired has been confiscated as a part of the preliminary investigation, but there is currently nothing to indicate the shooting was deliberate.

“No, we have no such suspicions right now, in any case,” said Leif Nilsson of the Västernorrland county police.

Police plan to conduct interviews with those involved in the incident during the evening in order to get a more precise understanding of what happened.

In addition, a number of forensic specialists will examine the scene as well as conduce a medical examiner of the body.

Christina Nilson-Dag of the Swedish Hunters’ Association (Svenska Jägarförbundet) said that deadly hunting accidents are extremely rare.

“We have 300,000 hunters in the country so it’s a very safe recreational activity. Driving to and from a hunt in a care is probably more dangerous than the actual hunting,” Nilsson-Dag told TT.

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He said the association spends a lot of time addressing safety issues.

“Practical safety exercises are included for everyone who takes the hunting exam,” she said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:25 September 21, 2010 by RememberAisha
Not so much fun being on the receiving end of the bullet is it????

Sorry, but I have no pity for people who hunt defenseless animals.
21:28 September 21, 2010 by Liquidmonkey
i'm sorry but sitting in a 'hide' waiting for an animal to come out of the woods into a clearing and shooting it is NOT HUNTING.

its called SLAUGHTER.

i wish you hunters would ditch the guns and use knives to even the odds.
21:39 September 21, 2010 by jack sprat
Quite right Liquidmonkey.

The Swedes must have a strange definition of the word "hunting",all brute force and ignorance it seems.

Wonder if they are familiar with the terms tracking and stalking, or is that only when they are following Thai women through the back streets of Bangkok?
22:36 September 21, 2010 by hjoian
all summer i have watched a female moose and her 2 young feeding most evenings in a clearing in the forest. A few days ago i noticed a hide erected on the fields boundry. This is not hunting by any stretch of the imagination. I look forward to be being a complete pain in the arse to anyone i see walking around with a rifle. Its killing for the sake of killing, theres an ICA just down the road,no one round here is starving or will die from not eating a moose. GROW UP! And dont give me that tradition rubbish either......go live in Greenland,then i will think about taking you seriously.
22:47 September 21, 2010 by travels
I don't feel sorry for the hunter at all, what goes around comes around. He went out wanting to kill an innocent animal, at least now he won't be doing that anymore and in this case he was not the innocent one.
23:30 September 21, 2010 by RememberAisha
Its sport when both contestants know they are in the game... not killing defenses animals.

Your gun against his... what? bloody bloodthirsty morons.

Even the odds a bit, while you are hunting it, let anyone with a gun have the right to hunt you, gun against gun, or hunt it without a weapon (unarmed combat)... it does not have a weapon after all. But that would just be too even and being the cowards that most "hunters"are without their guns - its out of the question.

Note, I have no problem for people who kill too eat and survive in the wilderness, its for sport that I think more of these "accidents" should happen.
23:37 September 21, 2010 by jack sprat
They even put salt/mineral blocks out, which the moose go to regularly, within easy range of the hides.

It's like shooting fish in a bucket, then they hang the antlers or skulls on the wall like trophies, as though it's something to be proud of.

Great white hunters?...I Don't Think.

Great white hypocrites more like.
07:34 September 22, 2010 by wabasha
so ICA is where food comes from huh? how does it matter who does the killing of the animal? as long as meat comes in a nice plastic box with a price on it its ok to eat? those wild animals live free, breed, raise young and die. they "live" more than half the people in stockholm.
07:35 September 22, 2010 by uunbeliever
Your compassion is unbelievable. A man is dead.

Using a clearing to hunt has been in practice from the stone age in Sweden. Go to ICA? Morons. I would much rather eat an animal that has has a good free life than one that is raised in a pen to be killed.
07:36 September 22, 2010 by Rey Stockholm
Sounds like the rants of townies who have no idea of the need for population control or how animals are otherwise killed.

I agree that not difficult hunting but I would bet that none of the people commenting above have not been to a slaughterhouse to see how animals die - even worse is the halal meat trade where without stunning the animal has its throat - now thqa tis truly barbaric.

The animal does die in a natural setting ( for the animal ) and the meat is eaten
08:41 September 22, 2010 by Rick Methven
From the posts from the ignorant here, you would think that hunting was a free for all with hunters shooting left right and centre at anything that moves.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It is highly organised and regulated. To get a hunting licence you have to attend a course and pass a stiff test that says you are competent to own/use a hunting rifle. Once you are over that hurdle you have to join a group with permission to hunt in a specific area. Then there is a quota that must be adhered to. as hunting is used for culling purposes to ensure that the numbers of Ålg in any one area are kept to a level that ensures enough food for all. Too many animals means starvation for some as well as damage to the forest environment. There are strict numbers of Cows, calves and Stags that can be shot. and exceeding the quota will lead to loss of licence.

As for going to buy it in ICA, Where do you think the Ålg meat that ICA sells comes from?

Answer barrel of a gun
08:46 September 22, 2010 by JulieLou40
Well said, Rick. I wouldn't necessarily hunt myself, but my father in law does it, and I have heard all about what you just mentioned-the hard tests, the strict rules & quotas. It's not just men rampaging all over the forest, doing what they like.

And as for the idiots saying go shop at ICA, I again concur. What planet are these people on? Who do they think puts their meat in the supermarket? The meat fairy??? Morons!!
09:44 September 22, 2010 by summo
Some education to the city dwellers; Elks have to be shot every year, without which there would be a massive over population as they lack (in most of Sweden) any natural predators. Unless people want to re-introduce wolves right across the length of Sweden? Then there would be even more moaning.

There would be 1000s more elk related car accidents and human road deaths, many of which would be city tourists unused to driving at dusk/dawn with one eye in the woods or verge looking for them wallowing out into your path.

Elks are killed on a quota, per hectare. Say 1 per 100Hectares for example, dependant on their estimated population growth. They need to be shot regardless, whether they are tracked with dogs and shot or from hides is irrelevant, the death will be quick.(there are minimum round size for different animals in Sweden to ensure a quick death and not just wounding). Just as quick as your bit of meat from Ica where you're hidden from all the harsh realities of how you get your meat so cheap (poor animal welfare, processed feed, limited natural grazing). At least the elk has lived a free and healthy life until the point of death.

To get licence in Sweden is harder than most places in the world. Where you have to attend a formal course. This sounds like a tragic accident, where the guys hunting buddies are probably a wreck now.
09:47 September 22, 2010 by bocale1
What I found disgusting is to have fun in killing animals; I understand that hunting is regulated, hunters are trained, everything is controlled. Fine. I also understand that the meat you buy in supermarkets comes from animals that lived much worse that the ones shoted in hunting sessions. Still thinking that you enjoy killing other forms of life, without any real need to do that... this is disgusting! I am not aware of so many people working in slaughterhouses, doing this for fun or because they enjoy seeing animals dying in front of their eyes.

This is the difference!
09:59 September 22, 2010 by Rishonim
I don't think it is an accident when a hunter shoot and kill one of his buddies.
13:02 September 22, 2010 by jack sprat
As a long time hunter in the true sense of the word, but not any more, and country person, I have never ceased to be amazed at the incompetency of some of these "competant hunters". There is never a year goes by, without they contrive to shoot a few of their own and on one occasion a few year back a moose stood on a careless hunters gun and succeeded in shooting him up the backside,..lol,...rough justice I would say. I know some of these guys quite well and have been invited to join them on a number of occasions,but instead generally prefer to keep my head down and keep my distance during the "hunting" season. I am not surprised that they have increasing difficulties rounding up bunches of country yokels to run shouting and screaming through the forests while they stand like pillars of salt waiting in a clearing to do the business. The brainless beaters can easily become disorientated in unfamiliar forests and emerge at exactly the wrong spot. Hardly worth the risk for a pint of beer at the end of the season, and thats only if the hunters are in a particularly generous mood. I have seen "hunters" turn up drunk ready for a day's shooting. I have seen badly wounded animals left wandering in the forest. Their ignorance and incompetancy never ceases to amaze me. They turn up dressed like Rambo or the great white hunter, and most of them simply appear to be on a power trip in an attempt to boost whats left of their flagging egos after 'er indoors has done with them.
15:33 September 22, 2010 by Swedesmith
I don't hunt, but have nothing against it as long as it is done correctly. A bunch of drunks firing at anything that walks, crawls or drags a leg is not proper hunting. I have a friend who goes up into the mountains every year and hunts elk with a bow. Sometimes he gets one, sometimes not. Whatever he kills, he eats.

I raise 50 chickens every year for meat and butcher them myself. I don't enjoy the killing but I do it as humanely and quickly as possible.

Bottom line: if you eat meat, an animal has to die.
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