Hunter accidentally shoots hiker after mistaking man for turkey, police say

WELDON SPRING, Mo. — A hunter accidentally shot a hiker on a popular Missouri trail Saturday, mistaking the man for a turkey.

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St. Charles County Police said the man was shot around 12:30 p.m. along the Lewis and Clark Trail in the August A. Busch Memorial and Weldon Spring Conservation Area, KSDK reported.

UPDATE (May 10, 2021): Relative to the hunting-related incident which occurred on the Lewis and Clark Trail on Saturday,...

Posted by St. Charles County Police Department on Saturday, May 8, 2021

Rescue crews used a special off-road vehicle to reach the victim. The man was then taken by helicopter to a hospital in serious condition.

A turkey hunt managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation was taking place over the weekend, KSDK reported. A sign at the entrance to the trail indicated it ended at 1 p.m. Turkey hunting season ended Sunday.

“It sounds like it was just a really bad accident,” Val Joyner, a spokesperson for the police department, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The names of the hiker and the hunter have not been released.