Zanesville, Ohio — The shooting death of a Muskingum County deer hunter was ruled accidental, the Muskingum County coroner said.
Dr. Charles M. Feicht said Charles B. Terrill Jr., 61, of Zanesville, died as the result of an accidental discharge of a gun.
Terrill was hunting Oct. 13 on private property off Wolfs Run Road during a special weekend of hunting antlerless-only deer with muzzleloaders.
Feicht said Terrill had gone hunting about 3 p.m. Terrill was located by family members about 8 p.m. after they had become concerned during the day of his whereabouts. Family members notified authorities by calling 911.
Terrill had been driving from a field using an off-highway utility task vehicle, according to Mark Bruce, a spokesman for the Ohio DNR. Terrill was not in the act of hunting when his gun discharged, Bruce said.
Terrill was an avid hunter, according to an obituary notice published in the Zanesville Times-Recorder newspaper. Terrill was also a U.S. Navy veteran.
Terrill had a muzzleloader and shotgun in the vehicle, according to Jay Abele, law enforcement supervisor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The DOW is conducting an investigation of the hunting death, the only hunter fatality reported during the weekend of hunting in Ohio.
However, another hunting fatality occurred the day after the special muzzleloader season.
Authorities say a man from west-central Florida died after being shot in an apparent hunting accident in northeast Ohio.
They say 56-year-old Donald Pigg of Beverly Hills, Fla., was shot Oct. 14 while hunting in Portage County and died early Oct. 16 after undergoing surgery at an Akron hospital.
Authorities say the shooting is under investigation by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office and police in Kent.
The Record-Courier of Kent reports police aren’t releasing details about what happened, citing an ongoing criminal investigation. No charges have been filed.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.