Two deer hunters die on Wisconsin’s firearms hunt opening day

MONTELLO, Wis. (AP) — Two hunters have been found dead in Marquette County during opening day of the gun-deer season.

Authorities say a 57-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in his ground blind in the Town of Newton Saturday. The Marquette County man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 62-year-old Shawano County man was found dead in his tree stand Saturday on private property in the Town of Westfield by a member of his hunting party. Coroner Tom Wastart says an autopsy shows he died of natural causes.

Three other hunters were wounded by gunfire elsewhere during opening weekend. Those shootings happened in Brown, Shawano and Forest counties.

An estimated 600,000 hunters participated in opening weekend of the nine-day gun season in Wisconsin.

Also Saturday, two hunters contacted the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department after finding human remains. The unidentified remains were found around 10:30 a.m. CT in woods in Lyndon, the department reported.

In Marquette County, a 62-year-old Shawano County man was found dead in his tree stand on private property in Westfield by a member of his hunting party. The sheriff’s department was notified around 6 p.m. and the man was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later.

The hunter died of natural causes, Wastart said. Firefighters from Oxford and Westfield helped retrieve the man from his tree stand 16 feet above ground.

Another call of a dead hunter came in to the sheriff’s department around the same time, this one in Newton when a man found his 57-year-old son dead in his ground blind, Wastart said. That man was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:52 p.m.

The man died of a gunshot wound, but Wastart declined to give further details. Authorities are not searching for another shooter, he said.

An autopsy was completed Sunday; the results were not released.

he names and hometowns of both hunters were not released.

Three other hunters shot and wounded themselves Saturday:

• A 49-year-old man shot himself in the right ankle in the first incident around 5:30 a.m. in Brown County, said Warden Mark Little of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

• A 51-year-old man in Shawano County shot himself in the leg when he bent over and his holstered handgun fired.

• A 49-year-old Crandon, Wis., man was sitting in the cab of his truck when he saw a deer around 9 a.m. in Forest County. When he attempted to move his rifle, it went off, sending a bullet through his legs and the truck’s seat and door.