IN - Published headline reads " North Vernon Officials rule hunting
death accidental" -- 12-10-2005 (Jennings County, Indiana)
Published story: " Investigators say the shooting death of a
Columbus, Indiana hunter was accidental. Ronald Michael thought he
was shooting a deer on Nov. 27, 2005, but instead shot and killed
his friend, Gregory Saylor, 41. The men were hunting near the
Decatur- Jennings county line about 50 miles south of Indianapolis.
Michael failed to properly identify his target, and Saylor's
hunter's orange hat was in his pocket, said conservation officer
Bill Beville, who investigated the shooting."
Published in the Post-Tribune newspaper on Page A9, Saturday,
December 10, 2005.
Diana Cook's editorial comment:
I do not like to call any hunting related death or injury an
"accident." It is my personal opinion it is NO accident. It is
intentional foul play. It is a set-up suicide mission.
In nearly all hunting deaths, some man knowingly and
intentionally violates the rules of safety of his supposed sport.
They are either drunk or on drugs, they hide their required hunter's
orange, they hunt outside of the legal and safe hours of hunting
times, they hunt too early or too late when it is dark and overcast
and the list can go on with an assortment of other violations of the
rules of their sport. Lots of times it is old men who perform the
killing of humans - any other sport they would be laughed at for
continuing to try to do something out of their league of a young
man's venue - i.e. look at Dick Cheney and company.
Men cheat at all sports. Hunting is no different. For such a low
incidence of participation, there's a high degree of deaths that
Since men choose to not behave, it is time that hunters
financially pay for on-site referees just like any six year-old girl
has to pay for her referee on the soccer field. If a six year-old
girl killed another soccer player one-time, they'd shut this sport
down nationwide. I feel confident that hunting is more dangerous,
percentage of participants to accidents , than football, competitive
cheerleading, professional basketball or rugby. Hunting likely has
more traumatic injury, percentage wise, than all other sports
It should be re-named Hunting Murder. They have lined up everything
perfectly to murder some unknown suspect.
Some might say most hunters are good and follow the rules, it is
the few who the break rules that make all hunters look bad. I do not
believe that, especially with suburban hunting. Most hunters break
rules and are simply lucky they haven't killed or harmed anyone yet
and/or killed themselves. Ask them, have they ever drank alcohol
within 24 hours prior to hunting - it will be a resounding YES. Most
hunters behavior does not match the seriousness of the sport. Anyone
who drinks around the time it is time to get serious about a sport,
gets benched by the coach. Hunters have no coaches, so they cheat,
lie and get killed. And there's a lot, a lot who do in the state of
Indiana. Indiana has a legion of particularly poor and inept
conservation officers employed by the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources. It is basically a welfare-to-work program by those who
can't secure a job by any other agency which requires a minimal or
dismal level of competence, common-sense and intelligence. To
re-phrase that shortly - Indiana Department of Natural Resources
conservation officers are as dumb as tree stumps. And the Indiana
DNR upper-level management is no smarter.
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