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Swedish hunter shoots elk, mistakenly kills skier

TT/The Local/vt · 6 Dec 2010, 09:13

Published: 06 Dec 2010 09:13 GMT+01:00

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The investigation revealed that the hunter only fired one shot in the accident in Annerstad west of Ljungby in southern Sweden.

The accident occurred at noon on Saturday. However, police waited until the evening to inform the skier's relatives of the tragedy.

Police in Kronoberg county remained extremely reticent about details involving the hunting accident on the grounds of the continuing investigation, but also for the sake of the hunter and her hunting companion, who were shaken up after the incident.

Henrik Barnekow, a hunting consultant at the Swedish Hunters Association (Svenska Jägareförbundet) in Kristianstad, told news agency TT that it is not uncommon for a shot to pass through an elk or any other game. However, he has never heard of a bullet continuing on to kill someone.

"However, there have been incidents of a bullet ricocheting out of the game, continuing and killing the hunter's dog situated near the prey," he added.

According to Barnekow, it is the hunter's responsibility to ensure that there is a so-called safety area behind the target: a hill or firm ground behind the animal where the bullet can land safely if the shot misses.

"Forests do not count as safety areas," he noted.

If a bullet from a hunting rifle does not stop, it could continue travelling for up to 4 to 5 kilometres, according to Barnekow.

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Christina Nilson-Dag, the association's communications director, said that it is extremely rare for people who are not personally involved in the hunt to suffer from hunting accidents, adding that a single incident occurs at most every 10 years.

In 2002, an 80-year-old elk hunter in the Sundsvall region killed a 41-year-old Lithuanian berry picker that he believed was as a moose. The hunter was convicted of aggravated manslaughter, but was not sentenced to prison due to his advanced age.

"It is the only accident of this nature that I can recall," said Nilson-Dag.

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Your comments about this article

10:34 December 6, 2010 by Keith #5083
"continue travelling for up to 4 to 5 kilometres"

That is a very uncomfortable statistic for those of us who live in hunting areas.
11:22 December 6, 2010 by Gletta
Yes Keith but not as worrying as 'hunters' walking around with high powered rifles who think people look like mooses
11:59 December 6, 2010 by lapua338
Keith, this distance is theoretical. In practice, particularly the type of hunting shooting that takes place in dense forest or woodland, the rifle is typically "zeroed" for maybe 100-200m perhaps less. The zero is the sight setting at which the point of impact and point of aim coincide at a given range. So, in practice, two forces begin to influence the flight of the bullet. The first is air resistance. The second is gravity. Whatever its angle of departure and whatever its muzzle velocity, a bullet will lose velocity from the air resistance and lose height due to gravity. The firearm's barrel would have to be elevated to achieve the theoretical maximum range. A hunting bullet should expand within the animal's vitals and have adequate penetration. It should not exit the animal and kill unfortunate bystanders. It is imperative to be sure of the target and be mindful of what is beyond the target and adjacent areas and act accordingly. Safe conduct with a firearm should be paramount.
13:44 December 6, 2010 by crunchy2k
No where in this story does the author state one should wear bright reflective vests in hunting areas, like needed for riding a bicycle on a city street. The power of the bullet is immaterial to the death. This is lotto ticket odds in the poor fellow getting shot. For gods sake, a moose is a thick piece of meat for a modern bullet to go through. Could this be a bogus news story to head an anti-gun agenda?
13:46 December 6, 2010 by heu
I find disturbing their use of the word "game". I think "victim" is more appropriate.

Anyway, too bad it wasn't another hunter instead.
14:45 December 6, 2010 by Cloetta
Wake up 'hunters'!

As you can see even Karma knows that hunting is not a sport.

In a sport, both sides should know they're in the GAME.

I am so disgusted with what you do.
15:25 December 6, 2010 by Roy E
A one in a million freak hunting accident.

Nothing more.. Nothing less.
15:39 December 6, 2010 by kenny8076
lol wow i couldnt believe the last story about the hunter thinking a berry picker was a moose..... jesus what a why to go.....that sucks!
16:03 December 6, 2010 by thinkright24
80 years old with a rifle, what else u expect.
17:25 December 6, 2010 by eZee.se
Talk about having a bullet with your name on it...

When its your time... its just your time.

" 80 years old with a rifle, what else u expect. "

Sorry, but I wouldnt be all that comfortable with an 18 year old with a rifle either.

If I do reach 80 (unlikely) am gonna search for some enemies and picture them as mooses - knowing that I wont have to serve any sentence for being a moronic old coot with a gun.
17:26 December 6, 2010 by seagull
Course it's a sport Cloetta, it's the annual willy-waving contest for people with very poor self esteem (and morals)
17:36 December 6, 2010 by summo
hunting is still safer than driving, so we'll wait for them to ban driving first, before we can move onto hunting.
18:33 December 6, 2010 by Hanaw
Stop Killing Animals, well, i would expect positive answer of my call if i was on another Planet, Pendora for example...

Not Earth!
19:13 December 6, 2010 by rohermoker
These types of accidents either in Sweden or the US, it allways boils down to either a pro, or anti hunting issue. I am a hunter, but I take no joy in killing, I am an eater, I enjoy meat weither I buy it from a store were some one else kills it for me, I kill and dress the anamal my self, I have been known to even eat meet from deer that have been killed by an auto. Man is the only anamil on earth that worries about such things.
21:06 December 6, 2010 by calebian22
Moose/elk tastes good. Beef tastes good. Pork tastes good. As the saying goes, "There is room for all God's creatures, right next to the veggies on my plate. "
00:09 December 7, 2010 by glamelixir
One interesting thing.

A 70 year old woman died in Sharm el sheik after a shark bite, accidetally. Now they are killing all the sharks in the area.

A 71 year old man died from a hunter´s bullet. I suggest we kill all hunters, as they are potential threat to our lives...

That is using the same logic.
00:11 December 7, 2010 by RoyceD
crunchy2k .... are serious that you think people should have to wear a brightly colored vest because of the risk of getting shot by a moron who thinks slightly flexing their first finger constitutes hunting?

Imagine the reduction in the amount of hunting deaths if guns weren't ruining it for real hunters.
00:30 December 7, 2010 by Swedesmith
I assume all the anti-hunter posters here are all vegans. Et tu tofu?
02:19 December 7, 2010 by GarryJones2
This madness has to be stopped. Swedes are always going on about bullfighting in Spain, Sealculling in Canada and Norwegian whalehunts. Its 2010. There is no need for this barbaric pastime any more. There are 200 000 Elks. After they have babies there are 300 000 so the annual kill is 100 000. They argue they have to kill them to keep the number down. Ok, why not use sleeping darts? And then let the vet put the animal down gracefully. I'll tell you why.... These savages love the kill as much as the Spanish love a good bullfight. But in this day and age these killing forests have to be cleaned up. Swedes were among the first to applaud the English Fox Hunting ban.

Sweden either has to shut up about bullfighting/foxhunting etc or ban hunting with lethal weapons. You can't have your Elk cake and eat it.
10:15 December 7, 2010 by uwabami
Looks like nobody of anti-hunting commenters doesn't wear any animal skin, for example gloves, doesn't wear any shoes made of skin, doesn't carry any wallet, doesn't eat any meat?

Have you ever thought how many wild animals are dying on the road, mercilessly killed by cars, sometimes their agony may lasts for hours?

Have you ever seen how farm animals are living at farms? It's more like Nazi death camps, why don't you care about that?

Why don't you care about millions of cows were killed for Big Macs?

Why there are so many commenters who wish to kill some hunter?

Think about it.
22:07 December 7, 2010 by rohermoker
Memphisswede: I know that what we in the US call a Moose, the Swedes call an Elk. When I was talking to my uncle in Sweden about our moose hunt he had the deer in the headlights look, when he hunts elk, and rein, my brother in Idhao hunts elk. Kinda like the old "Who's on First"
22:20 December 7, 2010 by Schwoebel
What's on second.
00:24 December 8, 2010 by Zill
MemphisSwede and rohermoker, your points are correct.

The Swedish älg sounds like the English elk, but it is an incorrect translation. What is called a moose in U.S. English is älg in Swedish.

Is it the same in UK English?
08:45 December 8, 2010 by Mad Mac
If the hunter was using the correct soft point ammunition, this should never have happened. I wonder was she (I understand it was a woman) using competition or military ammo, which could easily pass through its target, if it does not strike a substantial bone, and kill someone beyond. I believe soft point is mandatory for hunting in Sweden, and if it's not, then it should be!

Incidentally, sorry to see this thread is turning into such an anti-hunting forum - perhaps this is explained by much of the active readership being young urban types who are out of contact with the natural world.
21:15 December 8, 2010 by charliedog
Maybe we could get the prosecutor of Mr Assange involved. Yes, she was aiming for the old skier but accidentally shot the moose
22:49 December 8, 2010 by 357mag
I have never recovered a bullet from the three moose I've shot. One with .308 Win, Sierra Gameking, fairly soft, and two with .45-70, Hornady FTX. All straight through, passing at least one shoulder and both lungs.

You simply cannot shoot at an animal unless you are 100 percent sure that the bullet will stop in a safe place without hitting anything after possibly passing through. Secondly if you should miss, it could happen, it's even more important with a safe backstop as no energy is lost passing through the animal.

In this case the hunter broke rule number 4, Be sure of your target and what's behind it.

Hunting is still one of the safest activities there is and the most humane and morally correct way of getting meat on your table. One minute happily walking through the forest, the next grazing with its forefathers in animal heaven. Not grown up on antibiotics in a small box, transported in crowded lorries to the slaughter house and killed stressed out and scared to death.
19:17 December 9, 2010 by zeulf
"Zill" Aelg in Swedish is a Moose in North America , but an Elk in The UK perhaps to differentiat them from Stag. Its just another opportunity for a silly argument of "I know better" Life and Death in the Forest seems better than Life and Death in the Barn.
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