Bemidji man killed in hunting accident

A 28-year-old Bemidji man was killed in a hunting accident last Wednesday, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said in a Monday afternoon Facebook post. A 28-year-old Bemidji man was killed in a hunting accident last Wednesday, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said in a Monday afternoon Facebook post. |  Photo: WDIO-TV/File

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Updated: December 01, 2020 12:22 AM
Created: November 30, 2020 10:16 PM

A 28-year-old Bemidji man was killed in a hunting accident last Wednesday, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said in a Monday afternoon Facebook post.

Sheriff Ernie Beitel says just after 7:15 Wednesday night they 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 Reservation boundary in the 29000 block of Irvine Avenue, near Puposky, in Nebish Township.  

Beitel says Lukas Dudley was reportedly deer hunting east of Irvine Ave near the south boundary road when he was shot by another hunter. 

The other hunter allegedly told authorities near dusk he "observed movement of what he thought was a deer and fired one round from his rifle."

After realizing he struck Dudley, the hunter "immediately" called 911. Beitel says the hunter is cooperating with the investigation. 

Beitel says Dudley was found not to be wearing typical blaze orange or other "high-visibility clothing."

Dudley and the other hunter were reportedly not hunting together, Beitel says.

Dudley's body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Officer for an autopsy.

The incident is being investigated by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Red Lake Tribal Police Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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