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83-Year-Old Michigan Hunter Arrested After Allegedly Shooting a Horse

This guy just might deserve everything coming his way. 

In a lot of circles where people know nothing about hunting, hunters get a bad rap. Hunters face a lot of unfounded scrutiny. However, when situations like what just occurred in Michigan take place, it only adds more fuel to the constantly burning fire. This case is still under investigation, but as things are shaping up, this act seems criminal from the beginning.

Per the report, a Benzie County resident left her home around 6 p.m. to feed one of the horses on her property. The horse broke free and took off running, and at approximately 6:45 p.m., she heard a gunshot. Quickly, she began following the horse tracks which lead her to a bait pile located by a known hunting area nearby, and her horse, shot dead.

What follows is what's currently still under investigation. Once authorities became involved, they found tracks leading from the horse to a nearby house. There, they found the 83-year-old Michigan hunter in question who stated that he shot a doe from his porch but it ran away. Allegedly, that was the gunshot that the horse owner heard.

"He's claiming he thought it was a deer, but this horse is a paint horse," said Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel. "It has white and red patches—it doesn't look like a deer and it's about 1,500 pounds, not 200 like a deer."

Still, pending a more thorough investigation, the man was arrested for shooting a firearm after legal hunting hours. When the shooting took place, dusk was about 5:40 p.m. The horse was shot almost an entire hour into the night.

This sure doesn't seem accidental, but he is an 83-year-old man. What do you think really happened?