If a person is so stone dumb to shoot at something he/she can't identify, blaze orange won't fix the problem. Next headline might read "Hunter shoots dad. Mistook for an elk in orange sweater". ------------------------------------------------ Man thought dad was elk, fatally shoots him Associated Press Dec. 7, 2004 07:10 AM TUCSON - A man was killed when his son mistook him for an elk on a hunting trip on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, authorities said. William Delma, 44, and his 24-year-old son Brian Delma, of Peridot, were part of a four-member hunting party that were in the Malay Gap area on the northern part of the reservation near Globe on Sunday. The four hunters had split up to ambush a herd of elk they expected to come through the brushy, wooded area. advertisement "My understanding is the father and son obviously had split, and the son mistook his father as an elk moving in the brush," said Warren Youngman, a Phoenix-based assistant special agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Youngman said the elder Delma was airlifted from the scene but died. A similar incident occurred in October involving tribal members, when one young hunter misidentified another as an elk and fatally shot him. As a result, the San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife Department passed a resolution Monday making it mandatory for each hunter to wear an orange cap and an orange vest or jacket during hunting season, which stretches from October into the late spring. "It's something that probably should have been done in the past," said Harold Nofchissey, director of the department. "It's a shame something like this has to come down to make it happen." Wanna kill these ads? We can help!