"Circumstances like this are a game warden's worst nightmare," said Lt. Douglas Gralenski of N.H. Fish & Game.
The body of the Kenneth Brunelle, 31, of Marlboro, Mass., was wheeled out of the woods early Wednesday afternoon. Police say Brunelle was shot and killed Wednesday morning by a fellow hunter off the Mt. Eustis Road in Lisbon, N.H.
"Twenty-years ago this would be referred to as an accident. It is not an accident. It's an incident. It could have been prevented," Gralenski said.
Police say the 48-year-old shooter has a valid hunting license. He told police that he thought we has firing at a doe. A bullet fired from a high-powered rifle hit Brunelle in the upper torso. The victim died almost instantly. The shooting is being investigated as a crime.
"It is a criminal investigation in that we have had one person take the life of another person," Gralenski said. "We are trying to determine right now if that was done negligently, knowingly. Things of that nature."
Police say the victim was not wearing orange, nor was he carrying a firearm. Police say he was in the woods with his father and another family member helping scout deer.
"Never, ever fire unless you know exactly what is beyond your target," Gralenski said. "And secondly, there is no excuse not to be wearing hunter orange this time of year."
N.H. Fish & Game officials have been working for decades to reduce hunting-related deaths. The last hunting-related death in the state happened in 2009.
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