Bob Pera suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The 35-year-old was observing two hunters Friday night in a remote area of El Dorado County near Georgetown when one of them opened fire.
"When wardens make contact with hunters, oftentimes they will observe them for a certain period of time," said California Department of Fish and Game Lt. Patrick Foy. "And it was during that time that a shot was fired. It was pretty complicated just to get help to him. He had to give almost step-by-step directions on how to get through some of these dirt roads."
The hunters ended up helping the 11-year veteran until help arrived.
Investigators questioned the hunters but didn't detain them.
They're trying to figure out if the shooting was accidental.
Pera will be in the hospital through next week.