ANTRIM COUNTY, MI – Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are investigating the shooting death of a hunter on the opening day of the firearm deer hunting season in Antrim County.
Justin Beutel, 38, of Sanford was pronounced dead at the scene.
At about 1 p.m. Thursday, a conservation officer and South Torch Lake EMS personnel were dispatched to a reported hunting accident near the intersection of West Elder Road and Northeast Torch Lake Drive, which is located near the village of Alden, roughly 20 miles northeast of Traverse City.
Upon arrival, Albert and EMS responders found Beutel unresponsive. First aid was administered but he did not recover.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that Mr. Beutel was deer hunting on private property and was apparently shot by another subject hunting nearby,” said Lt. James Gorno, a district law supervisor with the DNR.
The second hunter, who is not being identified, is a 45-year-old Gaylord man. Gorno said the two men were not hunting together and it is believed that they do not know each other.