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WI: Hunter shot in Arpin

Hunter shot in Arpin

November 21, 2010

ARPIN -- A hunter was seriously wounded Saturday morning when accidentally shot by another hunter in the town of Arpin, one of two central Wisconsin shootings reported on opening day.

At about 6:45 a.m. Saturday, the wounded hunter was shot near a wooded area close to the intersection of highways 186 and N in the town of Arpin, according to the Wood County Sheriff's Department.

Names of those involved in the incident were not released, though the wounded hunter was listed in serious condition Saturday morning after being airlifted to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Officials from the state Department of Natural Resources are investigating the shooting. Randy Falstad, a DNR warden supervisor for the region, said the incident involved a young hunter who apparently fired and hit another hunter who was in an elevated tree stand across a field.

A Wood County deputy said the hunter who fired was several hundred yards away from the other hunter and likely didn't know the other hunter was in the area.

Less than three hours after the Arpin incident, officials in Marathon County were called to another shooting involving a hunter.

A 40-year-old Edgar man was shot at about 9 a.m. in the town of Wien, according to DNR officials.

The man was shot in the upper chest near the shoulder; the wound did not appear to be life threatening, said Lt. Dale Wisnewski of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

It is suspected that the shot came from a party hunting to the east of where the victim was hunting, Wisnewski said.

The victim was transported to Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

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