Police: Hunter shoots at what he thought was a deer, kills another hunter

A 28-year-old man died.
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A hunter died in northern Minnesota last week when he was shot by a fellow hunter, who mistook him for a deer.

The incident happened on or near the Red Lake Reservation boundary near Puposky on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Lukas Dudley, 28, was killed after sustaining a gunshot wound while he was deer hunting east of the 29000 block of Irvine Avenue.

A preliminary investigation determined Dudley was shot by another hunter, a 33-year-old from Redby, who was hunting separately at the time.

This hunter told police that near dusk, he "observed movement of what he thought was a deer and fired one round from his rifle," according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

When the shooter discovered Dudley, he called 911. The sheriff's office says Dudley was found not wearing blaze orange or "other high-visibility clothing."

The incident is being investigated by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Red Lake Tribal Police Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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