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A Helena man target shooting on public land near Helena reported being shot at multiple times by another man who "mistook him for Bigfoot."

The man, who identified himself to dispatchers as being 27 and from Helena, was reportedly setting up targets on BLM land in the North Hills when, he says, a bullet hit about 3 feet to his left, and then another bullet hit to his right before he ran to cover and heard more shots.

The Helena man told dispatchers he then confronted the shooter, who told him he was “not wearing orange and thought he was Bigfoot,” according to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

The Helena man told dispatchers the incident occurred Sunday but he did not report it until Monday, saying he “Didn’t think it was necessary.” He reported the vehicle as a black Ford F-150, but did not have a license plate number or description of the alleged shooter.

The Helena man wanted the area checked, and if found, for the shooter to be talked to about safe shooting in the area, Dutton said. He did not want to pursue charges.

Dutton noted that despite a desire not to pursue charges, the allegations are serious and could warrant a charge of attempted negligent homicide. Deputies did check the area and no vehicle matching the description was found, he said.

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Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin

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Natural Resources Reporter

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