Evansville woman killed in deer hunting accident

By Joe Albert

Staff Writer

Ashby, Minn. – For the first time in two years, a Minnesota
hunter has died as a result of a hunting accident.

Shelley Denece Burgess, 48, of Evansville was killed Saturday
morning when she was shot in the hip, apparently by a hunter in her
party, according to Grant County Sheriff Dwight Walvatne.

Burgess and her party were hunting in a field south of
Ashby.

While an average of 10 to 20 hunters were killed in the 1960s
because of hunting accidents, fewer than two have been killed per
year in the last 10 years, said Mike Hammer, enforcement education
program coordinator for the DNR Enforcement Division.

No hunters were killed in 2004, one was killed in 2003, and two
were killed in both 2002 and 2001.

Hammer believes the decline in accidents is the result of most
hunters today having taken a course on firearms safety.

‘That’s the only thing I can attribute it to,’ Hammer said.
‘People are better educated about what safe practices are when they
are out hunting.’

Deer drives are one situation about which the DNR would like to
do more education. In the last few years, some accidents have been
the result of deer drives because hunters aren’t always aware where
others in their group are, Hammer said.

Burgess apparently was over the crest of a hill, in tall grass,
and out of view of the hunter who fired the shot that hit her,
Hammer said.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office still is investigating the
incident, but it is being treated as an accident, Walvatne
said.

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