Victim Identified; Shot by a Member of Her Hunting Party

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The Department of Natural Resources has identified the Cadott woman shot to death while deer hunting Tuesday in Chippewa County.

Sandra Marion had been in a hunting party of eight, made up mostly of family.

Less than an hour into a deer drive Tuesday afternoon, the 46-year-old was fatally shot in the chest.

Investigators with the DNR and Chippewa County Sheriff's Department are reconstructing the scene and running ballistics tests on the groups' guns, but don't suspect foul play.

"We're calling it an accident at this point," says district attorney John Theisen. "The scene will be thoroughly investigated out of the utmost respect for the tradition of hunting and for ms. Marion and her family. We have no indication that it was anything other than negligence at this point."

The DNR calls deer drives one of the most dangerous forms of hunting and reminds all those headed out to the woods to follow steps taught in gun safety classes.