The wildlife department issued a report Monday that found the main factor contributing to the accident was a "hunter's judgment factor." No other secondary factors were found to have played a role.
© 2006 The Associated Press
How do they know this if local law enforcement was completely shut out of any investigation?
Also: there's some confusion as to the '30 yards', considering the spread of the shot & the area on Mr. Whittington's body that received injury.
In any case, serious hunters know that Cheney's 'accident' as reported was totally idiotic. If you don't know the precise location of everyone in your hunting party, you do not shoot.
Additionally, what Cheney does on these private ranches is shoot at tame, domesticated animals. This is not 'hunting'.