Minnesota hunter fatally shot in northern Wisconsin

SAXON, Wis. — A Minnesota man is dead after an apparent deer hunting accident near Saxon, Wis., according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency responders were called just before 5 p.m.  on Tuesday to a report of an accidental discharge of a firearm. Deputies immediately responded, along with Saxon/Gurney first responders, Beacon Ambulance, Wisconsin State Patrol and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens.

Due to the exact location of the incident, Sheriff Paul Samardich said in a statement, the Hurley Snowmobile/ATV Rescue was paged out but later called off as deputies arrived on scene.

When responders arrived at the scene, they attempted to resuscitate the 65-year-old man, but were unsuccessful. The victim was later pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at the scene by Iron County Coroner Diane Simonich.

The name of the man has not yet been released. The incident in Saxon, which is located about two hours west of Duluth, Minn., remains under investigation.

The Wisconsin DNR reported Tuesday that there had been no fatal firearms accidents through Monday in the 2021 firearms deer season that started Saturday.

— The Pioneer Press contributed to this report.

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