A man in Oregon is facing criminal charges for negligent homicide after police said he shot and killed his hunting partner with his bow.

According to KPTV, Michael Shawn Pekarek, called 911 reporting that he had shot Jeffrey Cummings with an arrow while the two were supposedly bow hunting together. Investigators said the two men spotted mule deer from their vehicle when Pekarek got out to attempt a shot on the animal.

Pekarek’s plea is that he turned towards Cummings – with his arrow ready to fire – to let him know the deer was moving, and shot Cummings in the abdomen. Michael Pekarek was later arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on one count of Criminally Negligent Homicide, with a bail of $50,000.00. Cummings’ next of kin has been notified.

Something certainly smells fishy about his story. Either this was an unimaginably negligent action, or something more malicious.

There are a ton of red flags being raised here, because it basically goes against everything you ever learn about hunting safety. The rules I was brought up on were:

  1. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  2. Never point your weapon at something you don’t want to kill.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
  4. Always be sure of your target before you shoot.

We’re all gearing up for hunting season, so take the time to reiterate the importance of each of these four rules before heading out afield.

Image from KPTV

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11 thoughts on “Bowhunter Facing Charges After Fatally Shooting His Hunting Partner by “Accident”

  1. Arriving on the scene, police took a statement from Pekarek that he accidently shot Cummings. Suspicion arose when they examined the dead body and noticed there were 5 arrows sticking out of Cummings.
    Three mule deer have been held as material witnesses.

  2. Umm, hate to break it to you, but the world is full of stupid people. And your red flags are nothing more than an example of an idiot not following the basic tenants of hunting/firearms safety. How many people accidentally shoot themselves while cleaning their firearm because they didn’t check to ensure there wasn’t a round in the chamber – rule number 1 when handling a firearm for any purpose. Are those incidents “fishy” as well? Yes, maybe he did do it on purpose, but your post doesn’t even come close to providing any evidence to support this claim.

  3. This is an extremely irresponsible article that you have written. You clearly have no experience whatsoever in analyzing or investigating hunting accidents. We have what appears to be an ordinary, tragic hunting accident and you are baselessly accusing a man of murder.

    I worked for years as a professional hunting guide, ran a hunter’s education program, and worked as an expert witness on legal cases involving hunting accidents. This sounds pretty much like most hunting accidents. Of *course* the participant violated multiple rules of hunter safety. When people follow hunter safety rules, they don’t have accidents. The very premise of a hunting accident implies that one or more people neglected some rules.

    If he was trying to murder the other hunter, he wouldn’t have shot him in the abdomen. He would have shot for the upper chest or head. And he probably wouldn’t have called 911 right away and attempted CPR.

    For the rest of this guys life, potential employers are going to google him. And they are going to see your no-nothing slander, tacitly accusing him of willful murder. And you, the writer, didn’t even have the balls to put your actual byline on this story. You owe this guy an apology.

  4. Is it Possible that he Might of Had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) “Mini-Stroke”? I Had one while Hunting, and Stood in the Woods for Hours, Never Knowing Why I was There, or How I Got There…

  5. Fishy red flags? Apparently you’ve never made a mistake? How very democratic party of you! Accident due to negligence in my opinion. If he was trying to kill his buddy, do you honestly think he would’ve gut shot him? Come on Outdoor Hub, this is pathetic Rachel Madow sensationalist crap. You’re better than this, or I’m subscribed to the wrong newsletter!

  6. I’m just so sick of this “I’ve never done anything wrong in my life!” crap that has permeated our society! It’s been easy to keep it at bay because it’s usually liberals that like to make sure we know that none of their ancestors owned slaves, but you’re sure jumping on the band wagon here!!! 🙁

  7. So, this is to all those lambasting the author. I’ve been hunting for 35 years, both by my self and with hunting partners. I don’t agree or disagree with the author, considering there hasn’t been a trial yet. But, the way y’all are acting with slanderous tone, discredits any argument you might have. To be taken seriously, be more respectful in the discussion. To get respect, give respect. What if they find that he had a motive to kill his hunting partner and he ends up getting prosecuted for murder? Are y’all man enough to apologize to the author?

    – Just Saying

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