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Gunfire from family hunting deer in Aitkin County kills man in party

November 20, 2018

A Twin Cities man deer hunting with others in east-central Minnesota was hit by gunfire from one or more people in his party and died, authorities said Tuesday.

The man who was shot early Saturday afternoon was identified by the Aitkin County Sheriffs Office as Gregory J. Nase, 56, of Columbus.

According to the Sheriffs Office, Nase was hunting with family on family-owned land in Milward Township about 6 miles northeast of McGrath, when some of them made a deer drive toward a wounded deer as others stood nearby.

A shot or shots were reported to have been fired at a moving deer and believed to have struck the victim, a Sheriffs Office statement read. Emergency responders pronounced Nase dead at the scene.

Nases death is being investigated by the Sheriffs Office and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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