Monday's accidental shooting of a 26-year-old Adamsville hunter was the state's first hunting fatality of the weeklong deer-gun season.
There have been six fatal shootings of Ohio hunters since the 2013 deer season began. All have been deemed accidental, and half occurred in Muskingum and Coshocton counties, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources data.
Adam Shinn's death marks the third area hunting fatality in just over a year. It follows the deaths of a 63-year-old Coshocton County man who accidentally shot himself while maneuvering into a tree stand on his property last December and a 63-year-old Zanesville man who was riding his all-terrain vehicle last October when his shotgun discharged, authorities reported.
Shinn was reportedly shot in the chest by a member of his own hunting party behind his family's farm at 5475 French Road, said Bethany McCorkle, ODNR spokeswoman. Officials are investigating the shooting as "an extremely unfortunate accident" with no malicious intent, McCorkle said. No further details have been released.
Shinn was taken to Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital but later died of his injuries.
The five Ohio deer hunters killed during last year's deer season were the first killed since 2009, according to ODNR data. Although fatalities are relatively rare, local hunting accidents are more common, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said.