Deer hunter dies after being shot near Bemidji

  • Associated Press
  • November 4, 2012 - 7:59 AM

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Authorities in Beltrami County say a Bemidji man has died after being shot while hunting on public land.

The sheriff's office says it received a call Saturday at 9 a.m. that a deer hunter had been shot by another hunter in Turtle River Township, about nine miles northeast of Bemidji.

A Bemidji Pioneer report ( says rescue officials found the man dead at the scene.

Authorities say the shooter was a Bemidji man who knew the victim but wasn't hunting with him.

Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel said the man who fired the gun was not carrying a cellphone and left the victim to report the incident. He found someone with a phone who called dispatchers.

The sheriff's office says an autopsy is pending.

The shooter was released pending an investigation.

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