How mistakes are made when identifying the target always made for good discussion in my Hunter Education classes. I would start by first showing the class a photo out of the blue and asking is someone could find the deer in it. I would say something like, "Okay, let's see who has good eyes. Who can be the first person to locate the deer in this photo. It never failed that someone (and often several people) would raise their hands to claim they could see the deer. Of course, there was no deer in the photo, so they were tricked of sorts. Still, it made the point that if the human mind tries hard enough, it can see a deer where there is none.
Short of a criminal act, these accidents point to how people, who for one reason or another, truly believed they saw a deer or at least they "thought" they saw a deer. After the photo exercise, we would move into a group discussion on when a person knows without any doubt they are looking at a deer, rather than just assuming they see a deer.
Last edited by Texas Dan; 11/18/19 09:59 PM.