Park Rapids, Minn. — A 23-year-old Nevis man died last weekend when a fellow duck hunter occupying the same boat lost his balance and shot the victim in the head, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes.
According to a sheriff’s office press statement, Adam Earl Poole, a newlywed of just a month and a resident of Nevis, died at the scene of the accident on a river between the 3rd and 4th Crow Wing lakes when Poole and his hunting partner “both stood up in the boat in an effort to shoot at a duck. The hunting partner lost his balance and the shotgun he was carrying discharged.”
The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Hubbard County deputies and medical staff responded to the scene.
The sheriff’s office release said the body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The incident was being investigated by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, which stated that “no foul play is expected.”
Reached by phone on Tuesday, Poole’s father, Scott Poole, said the outdoors – hunting and fishing – “was (Adam’s) whole life.”
“He absolutely loved deer hunting, both archery and gun hunting,” his father said.
More recently, Scott Poole said, Adam Poole became an avid waterfowler.
“He fished with me for the first time when he was six months old,” Scott Poole said. “He pretty much went everywhere I went.”
It was his personality, however, that set him apart, according to Scott Poole and his wife, Teresa.
“He was probably the most caring individual you’d ever meet,” Scott Poole said. “He’d meet somebody for the first time, and they’d talk for hours.”
Adam Poole was “always smiling,” his mother said.
A funeral service for Poole was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.
Adam Poole was the husband of Allison Poole. They were married Sept. 7, this year.
Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Division education program instructor, said this type of accident during waterfowl hunting is extremely uncommon. In fact, there hasn’t been a firearm-related duck-hunting fatality in at least five years. More common, Hammer said, are occurrences of drowning by waterfowlers who fall overboard their craft.
When accidents involved firearms, he said a more-frequent incident in the recent past has been hunters shot by dogs discharging firearms. In fact, a 19-year-old duck hunter was injured earlier this year in Cass County in that manner.