Hunter shot to death on the opening of hunting season

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: accident, West Virginia |

Walkersville, West Virgina – Investigators with the DNR continue their efforts to find the person responsible for the death of a turkey hunter in Lewis County on the opening day of spring gobbler season.  Thirty-two year old Shawn Stewart of Walkersville was killed on opening day Monday. His body was discovered a day later after authorities launched a wide-scale search. DNR Lt. Jim Vance in Elkins tells MetroNews Stewart was killed by a shotgun blast that struck his face.  Vance says that information leads them to believe the shooter probably knew they had shot somebody.

“I think he followed all the safety rules,” said Vance about Stewart’s position. “Back up against the tree, out in the open.  He was set up to call a turkey and he was what I always like to call ‘defensive hunting’.” More on West Virgina MetroNews

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