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UPDATE: 3 hunters die during opening weekend of deer hunt


GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's gun deer season opening weekend ended with at least three hunting-related fatalities.

Officials say 41-year-old Shawn Lemanski, of Grafton, died from injuries suffered when he fell from a tree stand in the Marathon County town of Cassel.

Also, 51-year-old Steven Jackson, of Antigo, died after he was found unresponsive in the woods near Gleason in Lincoln County.

According to a WIZM radio report, 22-year-old Thomas Stamborski, of Milwaukee, died while hunting on the grounds of Fort McCoy. Authorities say he suffered a gunshot wound on land approved for hunting.

All deaths occurred Saturday.


NORTHERN WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Officials say two hunters died on Saturday, on the opening day of gun deer season.

In the town of Russell, which is north of Merrill in Lincoln County, a man was found unresponsive in the woods. County officials say efforts to revive 51-year-old Steve Jackson, of Antigo, were unsuccessful. Jackson was head of the Langlade County Forestry Department.

Foul play is not suspected, but the death is under investigation.

In the town of Cassell, which is west of Wausau in Marathon County, police say 41-year-old Shawn Lemanski, of Grafton, died when he accidentally fell from a tree stand.

Foul play is not suspected in Lemanski's death, and authorities are no longer investigating the incident.

According to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wardens, one in three hunters will fall from a tree stand at some point, so they encourage hunters to use safety harnesses while out in the woods this week.

DNR officials say besides a few accidents, opening day was generally a success for hunters across Wisconsin.

More than 600,000 people are licensed to hunt in the state this year, and nearly 26,000 are first-timers.

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