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Three die in Ohio hunting accidents
First hunting-related deaths in the state since 2009
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says three deer hunters were killed during the week-long gun season. The fatalities, which are still under investigation, happened in Coshocton, Gallia and Fulton counties. John Windau, with the department, says it’s important for deer hunters to keep safety their No. 1 priority while they’re out in the woods.

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“You know the biggest thing is to always treat your firearm as if it’s loaded. You want to make sure that the muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction. And then you have to be aware of your target—but not just what you’re shooting at but what’s beyond your target is there something beyond that that could create a safety issue. No animal is worth hurting yourself or someone else.”

Windau also urges hunters to make sure they’re taking the proper safety precautions when they use tree stands.

This is the first time someone has died during the gun hunting season since 2009.

Ohio’s gun season is over. The archery season will continue into February, with a muzzleloader weekend in January.
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