“He died immediately,” said Stefan Klingstedt of the Linköping police to the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The deceased man, a 60-year-old elk hunter, was out with his friends in the Kinda woods in Kisa, southern Sweden, when the incident occurred.
After the hunters caught sight of an elk and its calf, the 60-year-old found himself in the line of fire and took a bullet to the head.
“They had one calf left they were going to take and it was that calf they were aiming for,” explained Klingstedt.
The hunters alerted emergency services immediately.
A forensic investigation took place on Sunday afternoon, where analysts looked into the firing angles and the positions of the hunters and the prey, wrote the paper.
Several witnesses have also been questioned.
Police have launched an investigation into the matter, which has temporarily been labelled as involuntary manslaughter.
“A lot of things suggest that this will be reclassified. It appears as though it’s more or less an accident,” Klingstedt told the paper.
“This is completely horrible for everyone involved.”