A shooting death in central Wisconsin is being investigated as a possible hunting-related incident. The Marathon County Sheriff’s Department said investigators were called Sunday night at about 9:15 to a wooded area near Spencer in the town of Brighton.
The victim was an unidentified 50-year-old man. Officials have not released any additional information at this time.
If it is related to the recently ended deer hunt, it would be the third shooting-related death during this year’s nine day gun season.
The first of the deaths was caused the Sunday of opening weekend when a 39-year-old Alaska man was shot in the armpit while handing a rifle to a woman in a tree stand. The rifle was loaded at the time, and the woman accidentally pulled the trigger.
The second death was caused when a stray bullet struck and killed 56-year-old Gregory Welk of Wild Rose. Welk was able to call 911 and his wife for help. He died at a Neenah hospital a short time later. That shooting remains under investigation.