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Points North, Ep. 11: 'Grossly negligent'

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Justin Beutel was gutting a buck on opening day of deer hunting season when he was shot and killed by another hunter.

This week on Points North, a hunter was shot and killed by another hunter on opening day of deer hunting season last fall. It was ruled an accident, but it became apparent there was more to the story. Plus, the bond between a hunter and his dog.

Why the shooter was charged with manslaughter in Torch Lake hunter death
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Justin Beutel was a Harley-Davidson mechanic and had just opened his own bike shop when he was killed.

Justin Beutel was gutting a buck on family property. Nearby, another hunter crossed a dirt road, walked past a 'No Trespassing' sign onto Beutel's family property and went up a hill. Then he told investigators he saw movement, raised his rifle and fired.

Learn more about what happened next here.

Bing the hunting dog

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Garrett Noyes with his springer spaniel, Bing at DeYoung Natural Area in Traverse City.

Sometimes when Bing wants to go hunting, he’ll pick up Garrett Noyes’ hunting boots and bring them to him. Bing is a three-year-old springer spaniel, and Noyes says bird hunting is in the dog’s DNA. This will be the third season Noyes and Bing hunt together.

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Hear more the bond between Noyes and Bing.

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Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.