Uncle Ed Hakola as a Sherffif's deputy

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Uncle Ed Hakola as a Sherffif's deputy - Mistaken for Deer Falls Airman Is State's Ninth...
Mistaken for Deer Falls Airman Is State's Ninth Hunting Fatality ■ :the ! Great Kails — f/T'J — A hunter. have advanced toward the lop ot who was mistaken for a deer the ridge while Smith approached Saturday was the ninth victim ot | the crest from the other side. Montana's big game season, Deputy Hakola was told thai Airman 2/C Norman G, Thrash-|smilh"thoughl Thrash-|smilh"thoughl Thrash-|smilh"thoughl he saw a deer, rr. 21, of Malmslrom Air Force | Smith tol(1 oUlcCTS nc shnt Base, was killed r;,rlv Salnrd.iv ,.,.:„A hi. j«k iillln, »„,, .v.. morning. Three Others in Party Deputy Sheriff Ed Hakola said three others were in Thrasher's hunting party. They were Airman Airman 1/C Wilbur Smith and Airman Airman Raymond Neal, Jr., both of Malmslrom, and Spud Koeger of Fori Shaw. The hunters said they divided. Thrasher and Koegcr together on one side of a ridge in the Cns-radcSt. Cns-radcSt. Cns-radcSt. Peter's Mission area 26 miles southwest ot Ureal Falls, the other men on the opposite side of the ridge. Then Thrnshcr was reported to Ihe target moved like a deer looking around. Then he shot a third time and his target fell. Smith said hc went no the ridge and found -Thrasher. -Thrasher. Thcyiwss dull were about 165 yards apart when Dr. Charle: j After finding Thrasher. Smith " called for Neal but couldn't at- at- tract his attention so fired two shots. Neal arrived on (he scene and could find no sign or pulse *>'*--nr breathing. Deputy Hakola said the shoot- shoot- -ing occurred between 6:45 and 7|™n- a.m. The weather was overcast:1 with a light snow falling. Hc said il was daylight but the lighting the shooting occurred, Thrasher was wearing a red cap, hluc jeans, and a purple jacket with blue sleeves which had blue stripes. The area was relatively clear underbrush hut two large trees and two smaller Irces were between (hc men. Smith said Thrasher was partly hidden hy one of Ihe large trees. County coroner, said investiga tion meeting self and sheriff's officers and County Allurney, Gene B. Daly, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday. They hope to correlate fuels to chart any future course of action, Thrasher was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oleny E. Thrasher of Alton, III, in

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  1. The Independent-Record,
  2. 22 Oct 1961, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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