Teenage hunter killed in Talbot Co.

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TALBOT COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  A 16-year-old boy is dead after an accident while hunting with his father in Talbot County.

It happened Friday afternoon (Nov. 26th), four miles east of Talbotton on Old Wire Road.

Talbot County Coroner Clinton Cosby is not releasing the victim's name because of his age but tells WTVM the boy and his dad, from Cumming, Georgia (Forsyth County), had traveled to the land they lease for hunting. When his son didn't meet him at dark, his father went looking for him and found him in his tree stand with a gunshot wound to his face.

Cosby says there were no witnesses to the shooting so it's unclear what exactly happened but says the shooting was not a suicide or an act of foul play, calling it accidental. The teenager was shot with a rifle.

The coroner says the incident is still under investigation and the teen's body has been sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.

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