FL: Hog Hunter Shot by Fellow Hunter at Green Swamp West WMA
February 8th, 2011
Hog Hunter Shot by Fellow Hunter at Green Swamp West WMA
A St. Petersburg man hunting wild hogs at the Green Swamp West Wildlife
Management Area off State Road 471 was shot by one of his hunting partners
on Saturday morning and taken by ambulance to Lakeland Regional with serious
William Chester Wedemeier, 51, was hunting with friends near Dade City on
the western side of the WMA when Stein Eric Berg of Hudson mistook him for
wild game and fired a single shot, probably from a rifle although the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission release didnít indicate a
Wedemeier, who was shot about 7:45 a.m., is expected to survive.
The FWCís preliminary report indicated Wedemeier was separated from the
group in thick vegetation when he found a group of hogs, shooting and
While he was kneeling over dressing the hog, he was shot from behind by
Berg called 911 and did what he could to help Wedemeier.
None of the group were wearing hunter safety orange, although the FWC
said itís not required by law for hog hunting.
This is the second time in about a month a hunter has been shot by
another hunter. The last time, a hunter at Guana River WMA in northeast
Florida shot a duck hunter and his dog with a shotgun. The hunter survived,
but the dog didnít.
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