Two hunters from Bennington County, Vt., are dead after an apparent accidental shooting-suicide Saturday afternoon.
Vermont State Police say they were called to a location off of Howe Pond Road just after noon for a call of two men with gunshot wounds.
Upon arrival, troopers found the men, Benjamin Birch, 39, and Timothy Bolgnani, 49, both of Readsboro, dead.
Detectives learned from a friend who was hunting with the pair that earlier in the day Birch shot a deer that continued to run.
As the three tracked the deer into the woods, Bolognani fired a shot and accidentally hit Birch, killing him. According to police, Bolognani then took his own life.
Autopsies are being conducted on both men. Police say no foul play is suspected.