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Hunter mistakes man for deer, shoots him twice

Published On: Feb 19 2014 10:51:27 AM CST
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A man was on a nature walk when a hunter allegedly mistook him for a deer and shot him twice with a high-powered rifle.

ABC News reports that Clint Galentine was walking with a friend and practicing turkey calls in a wildlife management area in Tampa, Fla. when he suddenly felt two separate bullets penetrate the left side of his body. The hunter, 43-year-old Michael Trott, rushed over, apologized and helped Galentine's friend administer aid. Trott explained that he thought Galentine and his friend were deer.

Galentine noted that the incident was particularly frightening given that he frequently walks along those same paths in the area with his 8-year-old stepdaughter. "If I was there with my daughter, she would not be here right now. There is no way a child could have withstood the power of the bullets," he told ABC News.

Galentine said that he noticed the sign on the trail reading "Boundary Closed to Hunting," but he failed to notice the fine print that said, "access is provided at designated access points." He is expected to make a full recovery.

No charges have been filed against Trott, but the investigation is ongoing.

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