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Phillips hunter wounded on Thanksgiving

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PHILLIPS – A 40-year-old man was shot in the left thigh by his 19-year-old nephew Thursday while hunting with five other family members.

Craig Mitchell, 40, of Phillips, was shot at approximately 8:30 a.m. in the woods off of Old Bray Hill Road in Phillips by his nephew, Brian Mitchell of Phillips, who was using a 7400 Remington rifle.

Brian Mitchell told the Maine Warden Service that he thought he was shooting at a deer, according to Sgt. Rick Mills.

Craig Mitchell made it out of the woods on his own, and was first treated at Franklin Memorial Hospital before being transported to Central Maine Medical Center where Mitchell is listed in fair condition.

The incident remains under investigation, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. A report on the incident will be forwarded to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office for review.


A small herd of white tail deer wander across a field coated with frost and fog on Thursday.

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