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Digital image / P.K. Stowers
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A man shot dead while hunting would likely still be alive if a coroner's recommendations in a previous shooting death had been followed, an inquest has found.

James Dodds was shot by his hunting companion in the Waikite Valley near Rotorua last September.

As part of the inquest into Mr Dodds' death, Coroner Wallace Bain made a number of recommendations to the Law Commission and the Government.

These included reviewing the charges available to authorities in hunting accidents and educating hunters about identifying targets, high visibility clothing and sensor products to stop them shooting companions.

He also recommended amending the New Zealand Firearms Safety Code to include experts views and a plea from Mr Dodds' partner Gabrielle Molloy "that hunting companions cease to hunt once separated and not resume until full visual contact is confirmed", said the Coroner's finding.

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