Five Hunters Die, Several Injured In Deer Season Opener
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Five deer hunters died during a hunting season opener marked by a series of accidents, including one in which a man fired at a deer but hit his mother in their house 250 yards away, authorities said Monday.
Some 400,000 people had been expected to turn out over the weekend for the opening of the firearms deer season, though actual figures won’t be available for several weeks.
The first fatality was believed to be a 24-year-old man from Slayton who was struck in the head Saturday afternoon with a shotgun slug while hunting with friends and relatives. Authorities declined to say who fired the gun and said the death of Steven Wayne Rise was under investigation.
A 39-year-old man bled to death after accidentally shooting himself while hunting early Sunday, and two men were shot and killed Sunday, authorities said.
An 81-year-old man who had become separated from his grandsons while hunting Sunday was found dead in the woods of northwest Minnesota. Gilbert Sjol apparently died of natural causes, said the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department.
Marilyn Deaner, 48, of Washington County, was struck in the hip by a stray shotgun slug that came through her kitchen window Saturday morning, authorities said. It was fired by her son, who was hunting nearby but apparently could not see the house for trees, authorities said.
She spent the night at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center and was released Sunday, said deputy Scott Malinosky of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
Also over the weekend, a man stabbed himself in the leg while gutting a deer he’d shot, and a shotgun slug fired by one hunter passed through a deer and hit another hunter in the leg, officials said.