Upstate deer hunter shot by another hunter

Hunter mistakenly thought his buddy was a deer

Capt. Robert McCollough, spokesman for the SCDNR said an Upstate hunter was shot early Thursday morning, Nov. 14, after climbing down from his stand and being mistaken as a deer by another hunter. The two were from the same hunting party.

The hunter who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital with buckshot wounds to his upper torso. No charges have been filed in the incident, and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said that SCDNR is leading the investigation.

McCollough said the accident took place at Rochester Road and West Oak Hwy. in Westminster, Oconee County. The names of the hunter’s were not released, and it was unclear at the time if the hunter’s injuries were life-threatening. The hunting party was thought to be from Liberty, S.C.

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