Hunter’s death under investigation |

Hunter’s death under investigation

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is not ready to rule the shooting death of a hunter an accident.

Routt County Sheriff John Warner said his department is following investigative leads and working with the District Attorney’s Office on the death of a 44-year-old Wisconsin man killed by a gunshot wound from a .54-caliber muzzle loader Saturday.

Charges against the man who is suspected of shooting Gerald Holverson could be filed as early as Friday. The sheriff’s office would not release the suspect’s name.

Holverson died early Saturday morning about a mile west of Waller Reservoir in the King Mountain area of South Routt.

Routt County Coroner Dwight Murphy said a lifelong friend mistook Holverson for an elk and shot the man below the right shoulder.

Holverson had been hunting with a group of six people from Wisconsin and Illinois for about a week.

Holverson was wearing some orange apparel, Murphy said. Alcohol was not suspected to be involved.

The hunting party was on Bureau of Land Management land, about a mile from an all-terrain vehicle trail. One of the hunters hiked to a nearby ranch to make the call for help.

The sheriff’s office and coroner were notified of the death at noon and arrived on the scene about 2:30 p.m.

Holverson was believed to have died within minutes of the shooting.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

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