I know what you mean. I don’t really understand it either. I get excited while hunting but not delusional.I know this happens all the time, but I just don’t get how this happens.
I’ve walked into peoples setups before… always because they were on the trail, but only once in 10 years of hunting have I gotten to within 50 yards of someone and not noticed until they said something. ( dude in a tree stand in CO, elk hunting… was not expecting it)
How do you not notice folks? How do you mistake a person for any game animal?
The guy that lost his eye is actually now friends with the guy that shot him. I’ve heard them both tell the story. The shooter said he was on a bird that kept going away from him and he was pursuing it. My friend was sitting motionless calling every 15 minutes or so. He was wearing full camo, the only exposed skin was what his facemask didn’t cover around his eyes. My friend never knew the shooter was there. The shooter said he was 100% certain he was looking at a turkeys head. And then he shot someone in the face at 32 yards. And in an instant he realized it wasn’t a turkey.