A New Zealand hunter who shot a man was so sure his victim was a deer he thought he could see fur before he pulled the trigger, a court has heard.
Christopher Dummer, 54, admitted careless use of a firearm causing death when he appeared in Wellington District Court on Friday.
Cameron McDonald, 29, was shot in the head during a hunting trip in Aorangi Park in April.
The court was told Dummer, an experienced hunter who is a long-term member of the Deer Stalkers Association and a former president of the Wellington branch of the Mountain Safety Council, was hunting with a friend in the park in April.
Dummer, armed with a .308 rifle with sights, thought he were stalking a deer.
However, Mr McDonald and his hunting partner were also in the valley.
Both parties were imitating a roaring stag to try and lure deer out into the open.
Dummer saw what he thought was the red skin of a deer and raised his rifle. Despite wearing a bright orange beanie, Mr McDonald was shot in the head from a distance of about 16 metres.
Dummer told police he was certain he was looking at a deer and thought he saw the texture of deer fur.