Crossett Man is State's First Deer Season Fatality

NOVEMBER 23, 2005 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

CROSSETT, AR - The state Game and Fish Commission says the first hunter death of the current deer season has occured in Ashley County.

Officials say 68-year-old Clyde Thomas Watt was shot about 3:45 p.m. Monday as he and a nephew, Eugene Watt, were hunting at a deer camp.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says the two were in a party of four hunting deer with dogs, and were waiting for the dogs to run a deer out of a pine thicket.

Eugene Watt fired across a county road, which is a hunting violation, and a few moments later, Clyde Watt emerged from the woods and said he had been shot.

A news release from the Ashley County sheriff's office says the shooting appears to have been accidental.  The release said an investigator for the sheriff's office and a game warden would submit their findings to the prosecutor's office for review.

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