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Hunter dies from gunshot

November 18, 2011
The Daily News

By The Daily News Staff

A Dickinson County man died Thursday in Iron County as a result of a hunting accident.

Deputies from the Iron County Sheriff's Department reported that the accident occurred in Mansfield Township in the northeastern part of the county.

The victim has been identified as Randy Stroud, 41, of Sagola.

Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano said that Stroud died from a gunshot wound he received Thursday during a deer drive.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers and members of the Republic EMS assisted at the scene.

Authorities also reported a fatal deer hunting death in downstate Mecosta County.

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Department said that a 26-year-old Hinton Township man was fatally shot by his 23-year-old brother on Wednesday evening. The department said that the shooting happened in the township, about 50 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

Harry Weaver's younger brother didn't realize he'd shot his brother, who was in a deer blind.

In 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources recorded only one fatality during the firearm deer season.

The incident occurred in downstate Allegan County where a 59-year-old hunter accidentally shot himself through the wrist and face while he was climbing a ladder stand.

There was also one fatally during the 2009 firearm deer season. The incident occurred in downstate Jackson County where a 63-year-old hunter accidentally shot himself in the chest while he was attempting to climb out of an elevated tree stand.

In another deer season fatality, Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post at this time are not releasing the name of the hunter that died on opening day in Dickinson County.

A 79-year-old man from lower Michigan died on his way to hunting stand Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Bill Borga of the Iron Mountain State Police Post said the incident occurred off Calumet Mine Road in Felch Township.

Sgt. Borga said the man hunted in Dickinson County every year for a number of years. He was dropped off by a friend, and they had an arranged time to meet for a return ride.

When the friend arrived to meet the hunter, he was found deceased on the trail to his blind.



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