A mountain biker out for a ride near Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton, NH was shot by a hunter, according to a release from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The shooting occurred about 4:20pm, just before dark.
Hunting is legal in this park, and according to the release, Conservation Officers believe that the 34-year-old shooting suspect “was shooting at a deer and failed to see the victim on her mountain bike in the background.”
But according to WMUR.org, “Because it happened just before dark, we haven’t really been able to piece a whole lot together yet,” said Lt. Scott LaCrosse, of NH Fish and Game. It’s possible that the hunter may have, in fact, mistaken the rider for something else.
The 27-year-old female victim was transported to nearby Concord Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. She’s expected to make a full recovery.
While “know your target and beyond” is one of the cardinal rules of hunting, this unfortunate shooting provides a reminder to take safety precautions during hunting season. For more information, be sure to read our guide to mountain biking during hunting season.