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Man Shot by Deer Hunter

Appleton Post Crescent, WI

Posted Dec. 15, 2003

Man shot by deer hunter

41-year-old man from Neenah mistaken for deer; condition 'critical'

The Post-Crescent

VINLAND - A 41-year-old Neenah man underwent surgery Sunday after being shot in the chest by a hunter who apparently mistook him for a deer.

Robert B. Keepers was listed in critical condition this morning in the intensive-care unit at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.

Sgt. Todd Christie of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department said Keepers was struck in the upper chest by a hunter from about 100 yards away.

The identity of the hunter, a 21-year-old Neenah man, was being withheld by authorities pending the outcome of an investigation of the incident.

Christie said Keepers was cutting branches in a tree line area on property at 2198 County GG when the incident occurred around 2:30 p.m.

The shot was one of two fired by hunter and exited the victim through his back, Christie said.

"At this point the hunter said he saw an object that was brown and moving through the tree line through the cornfield," Christie said.

The hunter was with another man in the state Zone T hunt and had permission to be on the property, Christie said.

The victim was taken to Theda Clark by ambulance.

Christie said investigators would return to the scene today to complete an investigation that was halted when it became dark Sunday night.

The incident is being investigated by the sheriff's department and the state Department of Natural Resources.


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