ALDEN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a hunter apparently accidentally shot and killed another hunter in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula on the first day of the state’s annual firearms deer season.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says conservation officers responded Thursday afternoon to a reported hunting accident in near the Antrim County community of Alden. The DNR says 38-year-old Justin Beutel of the Midland County community of Sanford was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Lt. James Gorno, a district law supervisor with the DNR, says in a statement that Beutel was hunting on private property and was apparently shot by a 45-year-old Gaylord man who was hunting nearby. He says the men weren’t hunting together and apparently didn’t know each other.

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The death is under investigation. Firearms deer season runs through Nov. 30.

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