Hunter Accused of Homicide After Altercation Over Hunting Spot

Hunter Accused of Homicide After Altercation Over Hunting Spot
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A Pennsylvania hunter has admitted to shooting and killing another hunter this week after an altercation over a hunting spot.

David Heathcote of Emlenton, Pennsylvania, told emergency services that he shot Robert Wingard with his shotgun after Wingard threatened to shoot his dogs and his daughter. Wingard was upset, according to Heathcote, because Heathcote had broken up Wingard’s archery deer hunt by targeting doves with a shotgun in the same area.

“It was strictly over hunting,” Wingard’s ex-wife, Melisa Sue Wingard, told MeatEater. “The same argument they had for more than 10 years, sadly. Arguing over hunting grounds that neither of them owned.”

Heathcote was dove hunting on Saturday evening on a farm about a half-mile from his residence, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Explore Clarion. As he fired his 20-gauge shotgun, he heard a man yell, “there are no turkeys here.”

He fired five or six more times and walked home after it got dark. Wingard…

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