Illinois Hunter Killed By Friend In Bowhunting Accident

Aaron J. Long, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday night. According to Wayne County Sheriff Jim Hinkle, Long had been hunting near the Sam Dale Lake State Park with several friends Thursday evening when he decided to come down from his deer stand earlier than expected.

"Mr. Long was sitting on a small ridge when his 16-year-old friend walked up on him and mistook him for a wild turkey," Hinkle said. "He was struck in the upper back and died at the scene."