West Virginia hunter shot dead in Grand County by fellow hunting party member

An out-of-state hunter died in Grand County after reportedly being shot by another member of his hunting party.

At about 10 a.m. Monday, a group of elk hunters “contacted law enforcement to report that a member of the party had been shot by another member” of the same party, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation news release.

The incident occurred in Game Management Unit 27, an “extremely remote” area west of Kremmling, the release said.

The victim is identified as Simon Jacob Howell, 26, of Ridgeley, W.Va., according to CBI. Howell died of a gunshot wound. An investigation is ongoing and the alleged shooter is cooperating. There has been no arrest.

The sheriff’s office is being assisted by the CBI, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the district attorney’s office and the coroner’s office in the investigation.

Randy Hampton, a CPW spokesman, described the incident as “tragic.”

Annually, more than 500,000 hunters take to the field in Colorado. The last hunting fatality in the state was on Nov. 5, 2018, also in Grand County. Colorado averages about one death per year associated with hunting.

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