Hunter fatally shot in chest

A 25-year-old man who died after being shot in the chest in a hunting incident has been named by police.

He was Adam David Hill, a dairy farmer of Western Southland.

He is survived by his partner and two young children.

In a police statement, Hill's family said they wished to thank the community for its ongoing support but have asked for privacy.

The shooting, which occurred in the Longwoods yesterday morning, was reported at 1.30pm on Sunday by a member of the hunting party who had walked out from the scene, police said today.

Detective Sergeant Mark McCloy said Hill was shot by a member of a different hunting party. 

A medic from Te Anau and police personnel were winched into the heavily bushed area by helicopter and recovered Hill's body.

Police said he suffered a bullet wound to the chest and died at the scene.

Police were investigating and an autopsy would be carried out in Invercargill today.

McCloy said all hunters were reminded that this was a busy time in the bush and it was imperative people identified their target.

"If in doubt, do not fire," he said.

The Southland Times