Sheriff: Man fatally shot by hunting partner

Published On: Nov 20 2012 09:13:02 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 20 2012 09:12:55 AM CST

Authorities in northern Wisconsin say a deer hunter who was killed this week was apparently shot when his hunting buddy fired at a deer and missed.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Garrett M. Carr, 27, of Oliver.

Authorities say Carr was hunting Monday with 31-year-old Michael F. Thompson of Superior. Warden Dave Zebro says a preliminary investigation suggests that Thompson fired at a deer but the bullet hit Carr in the head.

A Duluth News Tribune report says Carr was wearing blaze-orange clothing but his hat was dark. Zebro says hunters' hats have to be at least half blaze-orange.

He says the shooting serves as a reminder for hunters to be properly attired, and for shooters to be absolutely certain of their targets.


Authorities say a man was accidentally shot and killed by his hunting partner in Douglas County.

Sheriff's officials say the shooting happened about 5 p.m. Monday in the town of Superior -- a few miles east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.

Deputies and fire and rescue personnel used machinery to cut brush and an all-terrain vehicle to get access to the victim in the woods.

WDIO-TV reports the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Identities have not been released.