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Hunter found dead on Cranberry Lake identified

Ambulance rushes to an emergency copyright Shutterstock, Inc.
Ambulance rushes to an emergency copyright Shutterstock, Inc.

PRICE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A duck hunter who died in a northern Wisconsin lake has been identified as 28-year-old Nicholas Stuttgen of Colby. 

Price County sheriff's deputies said he was one of three people duck hunting on a boat on Cranberry Lake southeast of Phillips, when high winds and rough waters tipped it over. 

It happened Saturday afternoon, about 200 feet from the nearest shore. 

Sheriff Brian Schmidt told WAOW-TV in Wausau that a man who just got home from work saw something unusual on the lake and took his boat out there. He rescued two of the duck hunters, but Stuttgen was missing. 

The sheriff said the victim was not wearing a life jacket when his body was recovered on Sunday morning. The official cause of Stuttgen's death has not been determined.