2 Hunting Deaths Reported in WV

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two hunters have died on the opening day of West Virginia's gun season for deer.

The Division of Natural Resources says 75-year-old Carl Knapp of Point Pleasant suffered an apparent heart attack Monday morning while walking to a tree stand near Leon in Mason County. Knapp's brother found his body and contacted emergency officials around 10:30 am.

The state agency says 73-year-old Lloyd H. Day of Cumberland, Maryland, drowned at about 6:30 am in the South Branch of the Potomac River near Springfield in Hampshire County. Day and two unidentified companions were crossing the river when their boat's outboard motor failed. The boat filled with water as the trio rowed to shore.

Day's body was later found about 2 miles downstream. His companions survived. The incident remains under investigation.

Last year, at least two hunters died of heart attacks in West Virginia during gun season and another hunter died after falling from a tree stand.

The season runs through December 2nd.

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