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Three dead in firearms hunt

Columbus — The Ohio DNR and sheriff offices from northern to southern Ohio investigated three hunter fatalities during the 2013 deer-gun season, which ended Dec. 8.

There were five non-fatal hunting accidents during the seven-day season. The hunter deaths were the first hunting fatalities since one hunter died in 2009; two died in 2008, according to the ODNR.

Jacob Karamol, 21, of Oregon, Ohio, was fatally shot while hunting on Dec. 3 in Fulton County, according to John Windau, a spokesman for the Ohio DNR.

Karamol was fatally injured as he approached someone he was hunting with who was in a tree.

The hunter in the treestand was lowering a shotgun to the ground, when a strap tied around the trigger guard slipped, causing the weapon to discharge, striking Karamol, Windau said.

The shooting incident occurred in Royalton Township in Fulton County, Windau said.

Karamol loved to hunt and fish, according to his obituary.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the shooting death of Larry Bradley, 45, of Bidwell, Ohio, who was found dead in a tree stand Dec. 2 in Morgan Township, northwest of Gallipolis near Bidwell, Sheriff Joseph Browning said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Bradley was not struck by his own firearm. Sheriff's investigators believe Bradley could have been struck by an accidental, random shot, Browning said.

Bradley was able to make a call for help to family members, who notified the county 911 center as did other hunters in the area, Browning said.

Bradley was a U.S. Marine veteran and served in the Navy Reserve. He served in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to his obituary.

Browning said another hunter was injured Dec. 3 when the all-terrain vehicle he was using to transport a harvested deer overturned.

WOWK televison of Charleston, W.Va., identified the injured hunter as Ralph Hutchinson, 66.

“We field dressed (the deer), he had it on his four-wheeler and the four-wheeler went frontward and on top of him,” Russell Fellure, Hutchinson’s brother-in-law, told WOWK.

Hutchinson was air-lifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital, WOWK reported.

In Coshocton County, Gary Pace, 63, of Warsaw, Ohio, was fatally injured Dec. 2 from an accidental, self-inflicted shooting incident while hunting from a treestand, said Coshocton Sheriff's Lt. Dean Hettinger.

The Coshocton Tribune reported Pace was alone and secure in a treestand about 20 feet above the ground when found by a friend.

Pace was a retired park ranger at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a spokesman said. Pace started working in the park in the 1980s until his retirement in 2005, the spokesman said.

Pace loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, and cooking, according to his obituary.

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