Actor dies during Wis. deer hunting opener

By: AP
By: AP
 Authorities say a Tomahawk native who was a comic actor living in Los Angeles died after a day of hunting on the opening weekend of deer season in Wisconsin.

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To The Hunt, tells the story of the annual deer hunt in tiny Tomahawk Wisconsin.

The feature length documentary film focuses on the lives and traditions of hunting families who have hunted large tracts of their own land out of remote cabins for as many as 5 generations. It brings the viewer to a strange and indelible corner of the American landscape, documenting a distinct and shrinking rural tradition. Los Angeles filmmaker Jay Leggett, who was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, achieved unprecedented access to the deer hunters and their hunt camps. Using local connections and family friends the filmmakers were able to go deep inside a rarely seen and fascinating sub culture.  

They spent over a year shooting in Wisconsin’s vast north woods and secluded cabins – or as the locals say “hunting shacks”.  Hundreds of hunters and dozens of hunting clans helped shape the film’s story of the annual deer hunt. It is a story that is told by the words and images of the hunters and their families. The film takes the audience along with these hunting clans – into the swamps and sticks to witness joyful celebrations, agonizing moments, and a heartfelt sense of tradition.

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a Tomahawk native who was a comic actor living in Los Angeles died after a day of hunting on the opening weekend of deer season in Wisconsin.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department identifies him as 50-year-old Jay Leggett.

Emergency crews were called to a cabin near Tomahawk just after 4 p.m. Saturday. They arrived to find family members performing CPR on Leggett. Paramedics continued without success. The coroner responded and pronounced Leggett dead.

Witnesses told officers Leggett had returned from a deer stand on an ATV just before collapsing.

Leggett was a big fan of hunting, even directing a documentary on Wisconsin deer hunting culture called "To The Hunt":

At least two other hunters were injured in opening weekend accidents. A 52-year-old man was shot in the leg in a deer stand in Sheboygan County. A 32-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the hand Saturday in Grant County.


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