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Reported by Lori Brown

Deer hunter charged after shooting fellow hunter

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A deer hunter has been charged with reckless endangerment after he shot a man on a hunting trip.

The accidental shooting comes just a few days after deer season opened last Saturday.

Deputies said when the hunter fired his shot there was a ticket between him and the trapper.

45 year old Jay Wahlig was setting raccoon traps in a wooded area near the banks of Buckhead Creek near Bartlett.

Detectives said as he set a trap, a shot was fired from the woods several hundred feet away.

A bullet hit Wahlig's shoulder.

19 Year old Robert Ocampo from Brunswick told investigators he heard something rustling and thought an animal was about to charge at him.

Tennessee Wildlife Officer Ty Inmon said that is why it is critical you always know what you're shooting at

"Never put a gun on your shoulder and look at the scope unless you intend to shoot at that target," Inmon said.

Inmon said the victim could have helped protect himself by wearing orange, even though that's not required of small game hunters.

Wahlig was wearing dark clothing.

"It's very important to wear orange when you hunt to keep someone from seeing something move and take a shot they shouldn't," Inmon said.

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