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Deer hunting deaths reported among elderly hunters

Four Wisconsin deer hunters have died since the nine-day gun season began last Saturday, all from natural causes. The latest victim is 80-year-old Elmer Schuh of rural Brillion.

His body was found Monday night after a two-and-a-half hour search of a wooded area in Manitowoc County. A deputy coroner said Schuh had a pre-existing heart condition. In north central Wisconsin, Taylor County authorities said yesterday that two hunters died from natural causes late Saturday. They were 71-year-old Richard Penning of Janesville and 62-year-old Kenneth Weber of Racine. Officials said Weber had a possible heart attack. And in Bayfield County, a hunter who died Saturday from natural causes was identified yesterday as 86-year-old Claus Korndoerfer of Racine.

DNR officials said the deer harvest was slightly ahead of last year, at least during the opening weekend. The gun season runs through Sunday.