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Accidental shooting in northern Minnesota leaves duck hunter dead

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A 23-year-old man from Nevis, Minn. died Saturday afternoon after being accidentally shot by his hunting partner in northern Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports the two were in a boat on a channel connecting Third Crow Wing Lake and Fourth Crow Wing Lake when they stood up simultaneously to shoot at the same duck. One of the men lost his balance and his shotgun discharged.

Adam Earl Poole was shot in the head and died at the scene.

"Anytime you are on the water, it’s going to be unstable," Mike Hammer, education program coordinator with the DNR, told the Star Tribune. "It doesn’t take much to lose your balance by somebody shifting their weight.”

Hammer says duck hunters should sit back to back and plant their feet firmly at the bottom of the boat.

No charges are expected as the shooting was ruled an accident by authorities.

The Park Rapids Enterprise said Poole was an avid outdoorsmen and was just married last month.

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