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This photo of Don Bixby of Bemidji was submitted by his daughter, Nikki Bixby.

Daughter says father killed during deer opener was safe hunter

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BEMIDJI - For the first time in three years, Don Bixby packed up his hunting gear and took a lunch for the start of Minnesota's firearm deer hunting opener.

The 64-year-old Be-midji man, who shared his passion for hunting with his three children and was a strict teacher of firearms safety, had missed the past few years due to health issues.

Within a few hours of sunrise Saturday, Bixby's hunt took a terrible turn.

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