I feel for the family and hunting party and am truely sorry for the loss of a sportsman.
I was in the same unit on a hunt that started the 18th of November. Opening day my strategy was to get into an area before day light and hope to see the elk moving into the trees towards me. It was a pretty full moon right around that time and the elk had already moved passed me by the time shooting light came...I had plenty of orange on, just as the G & F spokesman said in the article...and I had several shots tear past me towards targets up above me at a range I felt was too close for comfort...I moved out into open area asap and got down to the level I thought the shots were coming from. The area was thickly wooded...I couldn't see them. Could they see me? I don't know.
Accidents, as horrible as the consequences are, will happen. There is a lot more involved than knowing exactly where your particular hunting party is....there are, many times, several hundred other hunters where you are that don't necessiarly know where you are going to be....
Just take the time, that sometimes you don't think you have, to make sure of what is beyond your target. What is more precious, the life of the game, or what may be beyond if you just shoot from the hip....and miss?
When calling coyotes, more often than not they will circle on a target they are
coming into and approach from the downwind side. Presumably they do this in
order to align what they smell, with what they are hearing.
This means that you should always have your downwind side camouflaged and have
an open shooting lane. If the area is heavily covered the coyote could come in
take a look and be gone, with you none the wiser.