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State warden: Hunting fatality serves as reminder about target certainty

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Police line graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
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SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - A state warden said a hunter near Superior was apparently shooting at a deer when he missed the animal, and killed his hunting companion who was nearby.

27-year-old Garrett Carr of Oliver died in the accident, which occurred late Monday afternoon in the town of Superior near the Minnesota border. A 31-year-old Superior man was the shooter.

Head Douglas County warden Dave Zebro said all signs seem to indicate that the shooting was an accident – but it will take a few weeks to finalize the investigation.

Zebro said it was getting dark at the time of the incident – and as the light dims, it’s up to the hunters to be even more certain at what they’re shooting at. Zebro said Carr’s death should serve as a reminder that hunters wait an extra second and be absolutely sure about their targets – and what’s behind them.

Carr was the second person to be shot to death during the current nine-day gun hunt, which ends on Sunday.

Meanwhile, officials now say a man who died after falling from a tree stand west of Wausau was from Grafton, and not Green Bay as originally reported. Also, Shawn Lemanski’s correct age is 41, and not 51 as reported earlier this week. Lemanski died on Saturday.

At least two other hunters have also died from non-gunshot situations, bringing the total number of deaths statewide to 5. 

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