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Hunter shot by fellow hunter in Steuben County while setting up turkey decoys

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers are reminding hunters to follow hunter safety rules after investigating a case of one hunter shooting another.

On May 15, DEC officers were called to Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville after a man reported being shot while turkey hunting in Cohocton.

The victim told officers that he and his hunting partner had set up two turkey decoys in a field and then went to separate areas of the field where they were unable to see one another.

According to officers, the victim then went to set up a third turkey decoy – but did not tell his hunting partner. While carrying the decoy in front of him, the victim was shot by his hunting partner, who thought he had spotted a real turkey.

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