Mountain Biker Shot by Hunter in New Hampshire

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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, “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.

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