Michigan hunter drowns after canoe overturns on opening day of deer season


Courtesy: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

MASON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – A tragic turn in West Michigan when a hunter drowned after his canoe tipped over this morning.

The 48-year-old Grand Rapids area man was hunting deer with his father and brother when the incident on the Pere Marquette River happened, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

The 76-year-old father and 45-year-old brother, were taken to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia, Cole said.

“It appears they struck a log and that caused their canoe to overturn and pitch them into the water,” Cole said.

The father and brother were able to get themselves out of the water, and eventually were able to reach the victim who had drifted downriver and was unresponsive at that point, Cole said.

“I imagine it was quite a challenge to get the victim out of the water,” Cole said, explaining that the riverbank was snowy and the survivors were suffering from hypothermia.

He said it’s unclear whether the men were hunting from the canoe or were planning to use the canoe to get to an area to hunt.

The name of the victim has not been released, according to a report by our media partners at MLive.

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