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Hubbell man killed in hunting accident

November 15, 2011

From HastingsTribune.com

HUBBELL — A 69-year-old Hubbell man was killed while hunting near here on Sunday, the second day of rifle season for deer.

Thayer County Attorney Daniel Werner announced today in a news release that David Donan was shot by his hunting partner, 72-year-old George McLeod of Hubbell, who thought Donan was a deer.

Upon walking to the area, McLeod learned he had wounded his friend, Werner said in the news release. Donan was rushed by rescue unit to Thayer County Health Services in Hebron where he was treated for trauma prior to arrival of a life flight helicopter called to transport him to Lincoln.

Donan died at the Hebron hospital before the life flight arrived.

In an interview this morning, Werner said he had determined the fatal shooting was accidental and no charges would be filed.

Donan was attired in blaze orange as required by Nebraska game laws. McLeod was hunting with a Marlin 30-30 rifle when the shooting occurred.

Werner said one factor contributing to the shooting was that the men were hunting during pre-dawn hours, shortly after shooting was permitted. Also, he said, McLeod failed to identify his target, which he assumed to be a deer, before firing his rifle.

Werner is reminding hunters that safety requires a positive identification of any target and that the hunter knows the background behind the target and the location of any other hunters or people who may be in the area.

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