South Carolina

Wildlife agent: SC hunter mistakes buddy for deer, shoots him

WESTMINSTER, S.C. — A South Carolina hunter has been shot after he was mistaken for a deer by one of his hunting buddies, authorities said.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said the incident was reported just before 8 a.m. Thursday in Westminster.

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Capt. Robert McCullough said a group of men was hunting together when a man got out of his deer stand and was mistaken for a deer and shot.

Authorities said the man was shot with buckshot through the upper body and was taken to a hospital in Greenville. Officials said his condition was not available but noted he was undergoing surgery.

No charges have been filed.

McCullough said the incident is a reminder for hunters to wear orange when in the wilderness.

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