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Man Dies Near Ely in Deer-Hunting Accident

The family of a Zimmerman man who lost his life last week in a deer hunting accident wants people to know it was just that, an accident.

On Nov. 12, Peter Josie, 45, and his best friend were hunting near Ely.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the shooter, whose identity has not been released, told law enforcement officials he heard rustling, looked through his scope, thought he saw antlers and accidentally shot Josie.

His friend tried desperately to save him, said Vicki Hughes, whose sister, Debra, was married to Peter Josie.

“It was snowing and it was 180 yards away,” said Hughes. “It was snowing so bad that both their coats were white. … It’s hard for both families. It’s a loss for both.”

She emphasized that the family holds no grudge against Josie’s friend. The two men were longtime friends and had gone deer hunting together for years.

Hughes described Josie this way: “A total outdoorsman. He died doing what he loved to do. He loved to hunt and fish.”

Besides his wife, Josie is survived by their children, Sean, Brady and Amanda, all of whom attend school in the Princeton school district.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Williams-Hanson-Kaun Funeral Home, Princeton.

A memorial fund for his family has been established: The Peter Josie Fund, Liberty Savings Bank, 209 Rum River Drive N., Princeton, MN 55371.

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