Deer Hunter Killed In Shooting On First Day Of Firearm Season

November 16, 2018 - 9:30 am

HELENA TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - A 38-year-old man is dead after a hunting accident on the first day of firearm deer season in northern Michigan.

It happened around 1 p.m. Thursday in the village of Alden, roughly 20 miles northeast of Traverse City in Antrim County. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Justin Beutel was shot by another hunter. 

When conservation officers and EMS arrived on the scene, near the intersection of West Elder Road and Northeast Torch Lake Drive, Beutel was unresponsive. First aid was administered, but Beutel did not recover and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"Preliminary investigation reveals that Mr. Beutel was deer hunting on private property and was apparently shot by another subject hunting nearby," Lt. James Gorno, a district law supervisor with the DNR, said in a statement. 

The second hunter, who is not being identified, is a 45-year-old Gaylord man. Gorno said the two men were not hunting together and it's believed that they do not know each other.

The incident remains under investigation by the DNR, Michigan State Police and Antrim County Sheriff’s Office.

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