3 hunters shot and killed during first week of firearm deer hunting season

Published: Nov. 19, 2018 at 5:38 PM EST
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(11/18/18)- It's one of the best times of the year for hunters -

But firearm deer hunting season has gotten off to a tragic start.

Just five days in, three hunters have been shot and killed.

"It's a great time of year to be out in the state, hunting with your family and your friends and we don't want anything to be tragic, " said DNR LT. Jeremy Payne.

But sadly, tragedy has already struck three times this firearm deer season.

Investigators are still trying to determine how a hunter in Oscoda County was shot and killed.

State police say the body of a 29-year-old Howell man was found in a wooded area late Friday night.

Authorities say a 67-year-old Lansing man is believed to have been shot and killed while also hunting deer in mid-Michigan.

The Bath Township Police Department says the man was pronounced dead at the scene...he was found Friday night northwest of Lansing in Clinton County.

And on opening day, A Midland county man lost his life

while hunting in Antrim County.

The DNR says he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It happens throughout the nation every year, that's us in the DNR, all the hunters and constituent groups, they all push hunter safety to make sure that people go through their education, they're ethical, they know what they are supposed to be doing when they are out hunting. It makes everybody safe," Payne said.

Lt. Jeremy Payne offers a reminder to hunters about what they need to do, before firing their weapons.

"We want to make sure that they hundred percent, that is a deer, and a deer they want to harvest. And also what's in front of that game and what's beyond that game in case there is a miss," Payne said.