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A Preventable Tragedy
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JL 24-Nov-17
BIG BEAR 24-Nov-17
JL 24-Nov-17
Woods Walker 24-Nov-17
Pig Doc 24-Nov-17
spike78 24-Nov-17
Paul 24-Nov-17
kentuckbowhnter 24-Nov-17
HA/KS 24-Nov-17
DL 24-Nov-17
JTV 24-Nov-17
JL 24-Nov-17
Mike in CT 25-Nov-17
K Cummings 25-Nov-17
tonyo6302 25-Nov-17
petedrummond 25-Nov-17
Ace 25-Nov-17
Bou'bound 25-Nov-17
K Cummings 25-Nov-17
orionsbrother 26-Nov-17
JTV 26-Nov-17
TGbow 26-Nov-17
From: JL
This lady is dead and the guy has to live with it for the rest of his life. Everyone looses in this tragedy.


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.

200 yard pistol shot ?? What the hell was he doing ?? That is something that should NEVER happen........ tragic....

From: JL
200 yds sound like a guess from the shooter or there is more to the story that isn't published?? 200 yards is one thing, shooting after legal hunting light on land he may or may not have had permission to hunt on is another.

From: Woods Walker
X2 BEAR. One should ONLY shoot when they are 100% sure of their target and WHAT'S BEHIND IT. That's why blaze orange is a wonderful invention. If I'm on a drive during gun season with my friends I will NOT shoot unless I know where everyone else is, period. Blaze orange helps with that a lot. NO deer is worth a less than a 100% sure target ID.

From: Pig Doc
This kind of behavior gives us all a bad name. He should be, and likely will be, arrested and incarcerated for this.

From: spike78
Sounds like a single shot pistol like a TC Contender and a rifle cartridge.

From: Paul
70 minutes past sun down

he was tresspassing, hunting after hours, all kinds of wrong.

From: HA/KS
Sounds like a criminal, not a hunter.

From: DL
Was it his EX wife?

From: JTV
just how this happens on occasion amazes me... it you cant positively ID your target, you dont shoot .... another black eye to the hunting community and a family in mourning.... smh ...

From: JL

JL's Link
From Nov 6th in Maine.

From: Mike in CT
70 minutes past sundown begs the question "how can you identify ANY target?" Prayers for the family; a tragic, senseless loss.

From: K Cummings
This is a tragedy for sure. If the facts are as reported, I hope they hold the person criminally responsible.

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.


From: tonyo6302
I have discovered, that my old eyes cannot see til end of legal shooting light anymore. About 15 minutes past sundown, and I am through. Can't even see my sight pins.

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Tragedies for both women who died in hunting incidents. Their families are in my prayers.

From: petedrummond
Sounds like a rape gone wrong to me.

From: Ace
NY Shooting hours are Sunrise to Sunset.

From: Bou'bound

From: K Cummings
"I have discovered, that my old eyes cannot see til end of legal shooting light anymore. About 15 minutes past sundown, and I am through. Can't even see my sight pins."

Ain't that the truth, and I don't even have any sight pins.


"NY Shooting hours are Sunrise to Sunset."

Thanks Ace.


The few reported facts make it seem very apparent to me that this can't be labeled as an accident. It's colossally criminal stupidity at best. And it frustrates me that the media refer to these guys as hunters.


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.

From: JTV

JTV's Link
What is wrong with people now a days >> ANOTHER NY "hunter" involved shooting (Ohio man).... this time a pickup truck is mistaken for a deer and killed ... see link

From: TGbow
One thing for sure, this horrible incident was totally 100% preventable. The shooter is totally responsible. Shooting at an animal and missing your mark, and the bullet passing thru the woods and hitting a bystander is a freak accident. Shooting someone thinking they're an animal is totally avoidable.

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