46-year-old Peter Kolofsky, or Sebago, Maine, was hunting alone not far from his house when he was shot and killed by another hunter, 61-year-old William Briggs of Windham, Maine. Kolofsky, who was shot in the chest, was wearing state required hunter orange hat and vest. The shooting was reportedly from a significant distance and Kolofsky was pronounced dead at the scene.
Maine law requires a person responsible for a hunting fatality must provide a blood sample to check for alcohol or drugs. Police have not released the results of Briggs' test. Kolofsky is survived by his wife and two children, ages 15 and 9.
Two other hunting accidents were reported on Friday. A 60-year-old man was target practicing in the woods in Casco when he was shot in the stomach by a 29-year-old man who was hunting in the area. The man was transported to the local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
In the second incident, a 26-year-old man was shot in the lower leg by his 47-year-old hunting companion. The man was taken into surgery at a local hospital, his condition was not known.
In another hunting mishap, a Magalloway man was walking in the woods with his German shepherd when a Dixfield hunter who was deer hunting shot the dog thinking it was a coyote. A spokesperson for the Warden Service says this was a case of a hunter not practicing 100 percent identification.