COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - On Christmas Eve, a young man was killed by a member of his own hunting party. The fatal accident happened in Sampson County and is still under investigation.
Deer hunting produced the highest number of hunting incidents from 2008-2009, according to the NC Wildlife Commission.
According to Lt. Matthew Long with the commission, a hunter is so focused on wanting to kill a deer, he assumes noise and movement are coming from a deer. But sometimes, it's another hunter.
This mistake often happens in the woods because some hunters aren't wearing bright orange clothing.
"You cannot wear a Clemson hat, a Tennessee hat, a Florida hat, a Syracuse orange - none of those," said Long.
According to the Wild Life Commission, half of the non-fatal hunting incident victims were not wearing a hat or outer garment made of hunter orange materials.
Some say they are reluctant to wear the vivid orange because they think the deer will see the color, but according to Long deer are color blind and only respond to the movement.
Hunters can easily detect the orange clothing, but if you're lack the vivid color you become invisible and could be in the line of fire.
The NC Wild Life Commission says the hunter orange hat or outer garment is the single most important piece of protective equipment while hunting.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers free hunter's education courses in every area of the state. To find a course near you, log on to www.ncwildlife.org.