Bowhunter Killed After Being Mistaken for an Elk

Another tragic story has just hit the hunting community as elk season is underway. A bowhunter was shot and killed by another muzzleloader hunter in the San Juan National Forest on September 17, 2021

Gregory Gabrisch, age 31, was accidentally shot by Ronald J. Morosko, who was muzzleloader hunting in the same area. A 10-hour search was conducted before the body was found.

“When he saw white in the pines, he took a shot at what he thought was an elk,” Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson wrote in an affidavit.

Morosko was charged with criminally negligent homicide but posted $10,000 bail and was released on September 20. He will appear in Dolores Court this week for an arraignment, and we will keep you posted on any updates here.

“The incident is currently under investigation with our partners at Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, and San Juan National Forest law enforcement,” Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson said in a news release.

All hunters must wear orange or pink during the muzzleloader season, even if they are bowhunting. Let me also note that you are also not allowed to shoot people, and you are supposed to identify your target before pulling the trigger.