12 Oct 2015

Why do so many experienced hunters shoot their mates?

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 12 October 2015

Mistaken For Game Hunting Accidents - A Human Factors Review is a new study by HFEx, a company that analyses human factors in mistakes for companies such as the Department of Corrections, Kiwirail and Transpower. It says cognitive bias can mean a hunter feels convinced  they are seeing a deer - when in fact they have their rifle trained on a fellow hunter. On average a hunter is killed every 9 months, but so far this year 6 hunters have been shot. Two of the cases involved target misidentification. The report's author, Kyle Wilson says contrary to what most people think, the hunters involved in these accidents are often experienced and, crucially, believe they have 100 percent correctly identified their target.