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Four hunters die, three sustain injuries as 2011 gun hunt continues

Since the beginning of Wisconsin's gun deer season Nov. 19, authorities report four known deaths and a few instances of injury among the orange-clad deer hunters.

The latest victim is Elmer Schuh, 80, of rural Brillion. His body was found Nov. 20 after a 2 ½ hour search of a wooded area in Manitowoc County assisted by dogs and a helicopter. A deputy coroner said Schuh had a pre-existing heart condition.

In north central Wisconsin, Taylor County authorities said Tuesday that two hunters died from natural causes late Nov. 19. They were Richard Penning, 71, of Janesville and Kenneth Weber, 62, of Racine. Officials said Weber had a possible heart attack.

In Bayfield County, a hunter who died Nov. 19 from natural causes was identified Nov. 22 as Claus Korndoerfer, 86, of Racine.

In Clark County, authorities said a hunter was shot and wounded near Thorp, apparently by a member of the victim's own hunting party.

In Lincoln County, a 53-year-old Minneapolis man fell from a tree stand in the town of Wilson. Other members of his hunting party went to look for him after he did not return to the group last evening. They heard the man fire three shots -- and when they found him on the ground, they tried to remove him from the woods before they called 911.

Lincoln County deputies said the man was coming down from the tree stand when he fell and hurt one of his legs. He was taken to one hospital and transferred to another for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

In southwest Wisconsin, Grant County authorities said a hunter's bullet sped through a house near Hazel Green. No one was hurt. Officials said the hunter who fired the shot was not found.

The latest incident happened just before noon Nov. 22 near Ixonia, where Waukesha County sheriff's officials said a man was apparently shot in the chest while hunting. He was taken to a hospital, but there was no immediate word on his condition.

Department of Natural Resources officials said the deer harvest was slightly ahead of last year, at least during the opening weekend. The gun season runs through Nov. 27.