Woman Shot Dead by Hunter Who Mistook Her for a Deer [Inside Edition] November 24, 2017
A New York woman was fatally shot this week by a hunter who believed she was a deer.
Rosemary Billquist, 43, was walking her dogs in a field in the town of Sherman on Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m. when she was suddenly shot, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said.
When deputies arrived to the scene, 34-year-old Thomas B. Jadlowski told them he was the one who had pulled the trigger.
He said he thought Billquist was a deer, and fired his pistol from about 200 yards away. When he heard a scream, he ran in the direction of the sound and discovered Billquist.
Jadlowski called 911 and tried to save her by applying pressure to the bullet wound until first responders arrived. Billquist was later pronounced dead at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa.
“I will miss you and love you forever and I know you dancing in heaven with your momma and all of our friends and family that we have lost,” her anguished husband, Jamie Billquist, posted to Facebook on Thursday.
No charges have been filed in the shooting, but the investigation is continuing. The sheriff’s office determined that the shot was fired after sunset, which is forbidden by local law.
The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office will determine whether to bring a criminal case against Jadlowski.
Having said that, I'm not sure I agree with those that say things like this give us all a bad name. Sure, people who are against hunting will use anything they can to paint us in a bad light, but they will do that regardless of how safe or ethical we are.
There are irresponsible idiots in everything. In my opinion, irresponsible hunters don't give us all a bad name any more than drunk drivers who kill people give all drivers a bad name, or those that decide to shoot up a church give all gun owners a bad name.
Question for anyone in NY:
In the linked article, it says "The sheriff’s office determined that the shot was fired after sunset, which is forbidden by local law."
Is that actually the case?
I know here in MI, the law states "one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset (adjusted for daylight saving time)."
Where I hunt, that first and last half hour, before and after sunset, is often the most productive time.
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Tragedies for both women who died in hunting incidents. Their families are in my prayers.
Ain't that the truth, and I don't even have any sight pins.
"NY Shooting hours are Sunrise to Sunset."
On the flip side, I was driving through the Chequamegon National Forest in Northern Wisconsin yesterday. I passed near a small lake with some cabins. There was, what I assumed to be a grandmother, walking along the road with a girl about six years old. The girl was being a kid, running ahead about fifteen yards. They were, maybe, 150-200 yds from the nearest cabin.
As a hunter and human being, I know that it's critical to positively identify any target before aiming at it, regardless of weapon. As a father, I'm not taking my kids for a walk on a forest road during Wisconsin's gun deer season without blaze orange. Even close to some cabins.
The kicker? The kid was wearing what looked to be a matching grey ragwool sweater and knit hat with a white bumble and cream colored leggings.