Alaska deer hunter shot, killed by companion in Columbia County

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

COLUMBIA COUNTY — Wisconsin officials say an Alaska man is dead after his hunting companion apparently shot him.

Department of Natural Resources Warden Jon King says the 39-year-old Fairbanks man was deer hunting with a 35-year-old Wisconsin woman in Columbia County on Sunday.

King says the man apparently handed a loaded rifle up to the woman while she was in a tree stand. The woman had mittens on and grasped the gun around the trigger. The weapon discharged and the man took a bullet just below the armpit.

The warden says no other fatalities involving weapons has been reported to the DNR since the nine-day deer gun season began Saturday. The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department reported a hunter died of an apparent heart attack while dragging a deer to his vehicle Saturday.


Comments are closed.