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Man dies in deer hunting accident in northern Minnesota

AITKIN, Minn. -- A 56-year-old man died over the weekend following a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County in north-central Minnesota..

The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office reported the man was hunting with family on family-owned land about 6 miles northeast of McGrath. The 911 calls were received by the sheriff's office at 12:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17..

It was reported the family group was hunting together making a deer "drive" for a wounded deer while others were standing. A shot or shots were reported to have been fired at a moving deer and believed to have struck the victim.

The incident is under investigation by the sheriff's office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement also assisted at the scene.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Identification is pending with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, the sheriff's office reported.

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