AUTOMBA TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) - Sheriff's authorities say a hunter has died after accidentally shooting himself while in his deer stand in Carlton County.

The victim is identified as 69-year-old Robert Duane Peterson of Nowthen.

The man's son says he dropped off his father at his deer stand in Automba Township about 6 a.m. Sunday. And when he arrived to pick him up about 10:30 a.m. he found his father had died of a gunshot wound to the chest.


Peterson is the second hunter killed during the opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season.

Mahnomen County sheriff's officials say 50-year-old Paul Scholl, of Laporte, was shot while hunting southeast of Mahnomen in northwestern Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. The shooting is under investigation.