2011-11-07 / Maine

Sebago deer hunter shot, dies at scene

SEBAGO (AP) — The Maine Warden Service on Sunday was investigating the fatal shooting of a hunter a day earlier.

Wardens said Peter Kolofsky, 46, of Sebago, was wearing hunter orange when he was shot Saturday afternoon. He died at the scene.

Officials identify the person who shot Kolofsky as William Briggs, 61, of Windham. Both men were deer hunting in Sebago, but they were not hunting in the same parties.

Wardens are investigating. No summonses or charges had been filed at this point.

Saturday’s shooting came a day after two other, separate hunting-related shootings in Maine. A New Hampshire man was in critical condition after being shot in the stomach in Casco. And in Oxford, a hunter was shot once in the lower leg by a friend.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said Kolofsky was the first hunting fatality in the Maine woods since 2008, when a man who was deer hunting in Beaver Cove died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Last year, there were seven shooting incidents, all of them involving bird and turkey hunters.

In In 2009, there were eight shooting incidents, one of them involving deer hunting, but no fatalities. In 2008, there were 10 shooting incidents and one fatal.

There are over 200,000 licensed hunters in Maine, the department said.

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