2nd deer hunter accidentally shot during Minnesota opener

Authorities say a second hunter was accidentally shot and wounded during the opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season.

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office says 58-year-old Dale Verner Fenrich of Litchfield was shot in the leg while deer hunting Sunday afternoon in central Minnesota.

Authorities say Fenrich was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

KLFD-AM reports Fenrich is a Meeker County commissioner. The shooting is still being investigated, but authorities say it appears to be an accident.

On opening day Saturday, a 36-year-old deer hunter from Detroit Lakes was accidentally shot and wounded by a member of his hunting party in Swift County, in western Minnesota.

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