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Man out hunting accidentally shot, killed by another hunter

Man out hunting accidentally shot, killed by another hunter

A father out hunting in Minnesota was shot and killed by another hunter who had mistaken him for a deer, authorities said.

Lukas Dudley, 28, of Bemidji, Minn., was hunting deer near the Red Lake Reservation in Nebish Township on Nov. 25 when he was fatally shot by Rain Stately, 33, of Redby, MN, police said.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report from the FBI and the Red Lake Tribal Police at around 7:16 p.m. that day saying that they were investigating a hunting-related incident.

Dudley and Stately were not hunting together and the victim was not wearing typical blaze orange or other high-visibility clothing, the sheriff’s office said.

Stately told authorities that at around dusk, he “observed movement of what he thought was a deer and fired one round from his rifle,” said the sheriff’s office.

When he discovered that he had shot Dudley and not an animal, authorities say Stately immediately called 911. Stately is cooperating with a police investigation.

The victim was taken 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 FBI.

Dudley, who worked as a logger, had a fiancée and three children, according to an obituary for him on the Cease Family Funeral Home website.

“He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and cooking,” the obituary said. “He loved his family and friends.”

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