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Chippewa Falls hunter hospitalized after shooting own leg

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Washburn County (WQOW) -- The Washburn County sheriff said a quick-thinking deputy may have saved a hunter's life this weekend. 

Authorities told News 18 dispatchers received a call at about 7:30 Friday night from a woman who said her husband shot himself in the leg, and was bleeding very badly and becoming light-headed. 

Washburn County deputies, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden and crews with Sawyer County ambulance and fire responded to the scene on County Road 'B' in Birchwood Township near Stone Lake. 

The sheriff said the first deputy on scene, Deputy Josh Christman, placed a tourniquet on the victim's leg above the wound to stem the bleeding. He said Deputy Christman's clear, calm thinking to apply a tourniquet, along with everyone's quick response, might have saved a life. 

According to authorities, after the victim was treated at the scene he taken to the Stone Lake Fire Hall and later transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN by medical helicopter. The victim has not been identified, but officials said he is from Chippewa Falls. 

The sheriff said the entire response took about an hour and half, and called it 'impressive.'

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