- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) - A Cullman County man was killed during a hunting trip when he was mistaken for a wounded deer.

Chief Deputy Max Bartlett says 37-year-old Thomas Tucker of Crane Hill was killed about 3 p.m. Sunday. He says Tucker was hunting with family and friends in the Crane Hill area when a member of the group shot a deer. Then the hunter heard rustling in the brush, thought the deer was moving and fired again. The shot hit Tucker. The deputy says the deer and Tucker were within 30 feet of each other.

Bartlett says the shooting appears to be accidental, but the fatality will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office.

Since the start of the year, hunting fatalities have also been reported in Tallapoosa, Blount and Sumter counties.

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