BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Bemidji man is dead after he was shot by another man while deer hunting last week in Beltrami County, according to authorities in northern Minnesota.
Officials identified the victim as Lukas R. Dudley, 28.
Last Wednesday evening, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the FBI and Red Lake Tribal Police that they were investigating a hunting-related fatality that occurred on or near the Red Lake Nation boundary near Puposky. Puposky is about 15 miles north of Bemidji.
Dudley was deer hunting when he was shot by another hunter, who was identified as Rain Stately, 33, of Redby. Stately and Dudley were not hunting together, the sheriff’s office said.
Near dusk, Stately said that he noticed movement of what he thought was a deer and fired one round from his rifle. When he discovered Dudley, he immediately called 911 and has been cooperating with the investigation.
Dudley was not wearing typical blaze orange or other high-visibility clothing, the sheriff’s office said.
An autopsy was planned, and the investigation is ongoing.
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