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3 hunters die during opening weekend of deer hunt

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's gun deer season opening weekend ended with at least two hunting fatalities.

Shawn Lemanski, 41, of Grafton, died from injuries suffered when he fell from a tree stand in the Marathon County town of Cassel. Also, Steven Jackson, 51, of Antigo, died after he was found unresponsive in the woods near Gleason in Lincoln County. Both deaths happened Saturday.

State Department of Natural Resources hunter education administrator Jon King says the highest number of people are out in the woods on opening weekend than at any other time of the year, so the chances of an accident are also higher.

King tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette careless gun handling is a primary concern because hunters are getting in and out of their tree stands with loaded guns.

WIZM radio reports a 22-year-old Milwaukee man died while hunting on the grounds of Fort McCoy. Authorities say Thomas Stamborski suffered a gunshot wound on land approved for hunting.

All deaths occurred Saturday.


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