Two hunters died on the opening day of this year's deer hunt, one from a gunshot wound while hunting in Summit County, the other after becoming lost in blizzard conditions in Cache County.
Riverton resident William Short, 44, was shot in the stomach while hunting with a partner in the mountains above Marion, said Summit County Sheriff's Sgt. Justin Martinez. Short was transported by ambulance to the Heber Valley Medical Center where he died from the wound.
An investigation was launched immediately, and police believe they have talked with all people involved, Martinez said. Police have seized two guns for ballistics testing but said they have not determined whether the shooting was accidental. No arrests have been made.
William Fletcher, 58, died sometime Saturday in the Tony Grove area of Logan Canyon. He became separated from his adult sons about 7:30 a.m., police said.
The sons tried to find their father but also became lost as the weather worsened. They called search and rescue teams for help about 10 a.m., according to Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Matt Bilodeau. Four teams that were called out searched in vain in white-out conditions for seven hours.
The snow slowed about 5 p.m., and the rescue teams, assisted by a helicopter, were able to find the sons unscathed. They also found Fletcher's body and airlifted it from the mountain, Bilodeau said. The cause of death has not been determined, but investigators do not suspect foul play.
The State Medical Examiner office will perform an autopsie on Fletcher to determine a cause of death and on Short to aid police in the investigation surrounding his death.