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Hunting Season Deaths and Disputes

Posted 11/22/2005 06:00 PM

The 2005 gun-buck hunting season already claimed the lives of some hunters. Wildlife officials say there are also a number of disputes among hunters.

A Gilmer County man who died of a heart attack while hunting is the first hunting-related death in our area this season. 74-year-old Roy Lee Thompson is from Sandfork. Thompson's son found him in the woods near Sandfork at about 6:00 Monday night.

The Division of Natural Resources says Thompson died of an apparent heart attack. Hunting-related deaths have also been reported in Nicholas and Brooke Counties.

Another fact of life every hunting season: disputes in the woods. The Division of Natural Resources often ends up settling them.

The most common arguments are over hunters trespassing or hunting without permission on someone else's land. The law is pretty simple in these disputes, the landowner is right.

Other arguments develop over who's deer is who's. In a case like this the rule of thumb is who ever brings down the deer owns it. If you run into a hunting dispute, call your local D-N-R office.

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