Hunter dies of his wounds after shooting

Man found near Crawford; death may be an accident

A hunter died Tuesday after being shot in a remote area of Montrose County.

Authorities did not release the identity of the man, who was wounded in what was described as a possible accident in initial 911 radio reports.

A caller, speaking with dispatchers in Delta, reported finding the hunter wounded around 11 a.m. near Gould Reservoir, which is south of Crawford, Montrose County authorities said. Forty minutes later, authorities were told the hunter had died.

Radio reports indicated the man’s family was in the area around the time of the shooting, and the Crawford Fire Department, among other agencies, responded to the scene.

Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said wildlife officers were assisting the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department in a death investigation.

If the fatal shooting was an accident, it would be the area’s first during western Colorado’s big-game hunting season since 2006, Lewandowski said.

“It’s very unfortunate,” he said.

Colorado’s third rifle season of the year for deer and elk started Saturday and ends this coming Sunday.


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