Cow-hunting trip ends badly Monday, April 16, 2007 'Target at six o'clock.' A man has been hospitalised in Canada after his friend accidentally shot him while they were out hunting. To be precise, while they were out hunting cows. The pair, a 26-year-old and a 19-year-old from British Columbia, were out stalking the tame farm animals with rifles when the older man accidentally shot the younger, in what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are - quite understandably - calling a 'bizarre' incident. 'We're trying to put the details together -- the events leading up to the shooting,' said RCMP Constable Sue Boyes. 'They were both walking in a heavily wooded area, and a possible scenario is that the person who was shot startled the other male. But that's speculation right now.' The incident happened on Thursday evening, when the RCMP got a call from a man in the Lake Cowichan area saying that he had just shot his friend and was driving him to hospital. Authorities understand that the men were hunting two cows on the instructions of a local butcher. The cows had escaped from a pasture by breaking through a fence. 'They were actually instructed by the butcher to shoot them and salvage what meat they could and take it back to him,' noted Boyes. Authorities have yet to track down the butcher in question. The 26-year-old man will appear in court in June on charges of possessing an illegal sawn-off shotgun. The cows are still free.