The Deerstalkers' Association president Alec McIver said the hunter who shot Ms Ives was "spotlighting" and shooting on public land.
The "terrible accident" tarnished the reputation of all hunters.
Oh yeah, an "accident." Could happen to anyone, right? I remember years back there was a petrolhead loser racing at night in Christchurch, mowed down a woman on a pedestrian crossing, then bleated to the media how he didn't think he should be charged with manslaughter because it was "just an accident." I agreed with him to the extent that it would have been nice if he didn't have to be charged with manslaughter - a degree of murder charge would have been way more appropriate. This is another case like that one - if you're doing something really obviously stupid and dangerous that's quite likely to kill someone, and you kill someone, let's not use the wildly inappropriate word "accident" for it.
I lived on the West Coast when I was younger, and got well acquainted with the kind of people who have these "terrible accidents" with guns. They are, universally, people who love guns, act like morons when they've got hold of one, end up killing someone, and if the someone isn't themselves they try and call it an "accident." Just as though everybody has play fights with a loaded gun, climbs fences with one, fires off into the distance on flat, open ground for entertainment (one of our near-neighbours in Harihari was shot dead by someone firing at random on a farm a good kilometer away), or just bangs away at anything that moves because that's what they call "hunting." Call it what it is, a form of murder through criminal negligence.