Hunters Asked To Stop Headshots - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Hunters Asked To Stop Headshots

Published June 14, 2014

The Iceland Tourist Guide Association is petitioning hunters to stop shooting reindeer in the head.

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Paul F. Nikolov

The Iceland Tourist Guide Association is petitioning hunters to stop shooting reindeer in the head.

The Iceland Tourist Guide Association is petitioning hunters to stop shooting reindeer in the head, reports RÚV. The association argues that all too often first-time reindeer hunters miss and the reindeer ultimately die slowly and painfully from blood loss.

“There is this myth that it’s easy to shoot an animal in the neck or head, even from hundreds of metres away,” said Hávarður Jónsson, Director of the Iceland Tourist Guide Association. “But every season quite a few reindeer run off after a hunter has failed to successfully perform a headshot. In particularly bad cases the hunter will have shot off the jaw which can only mean a terrible death for the animal which is unable to drink or eat.”

The Iceland Tourist Guide Association has teamed up with the Skotvís, the Hunting Association of Iceland, to educate hunters on the reality of using head shots while hunting reindeer and encouraging them to aim for the lung and heart region instead.

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