Daughter says hunter killed near Bemidji was dedicated to safety

3:13 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The daughter of a deer hunter shot and killed during Minnesota's firearm opener says her father was insistent upon firearms safety and raised his family to be careful hunters.

Nikki Bixby tells the Bemidji Pioneer that her father, 66-year-old Don Bixby, was killed Saturday. The former logger had missed recent deer seasons due to health issues, and was out for the first time in three years this year using a handicap permit.

Nikki Bixby says she's still getting details about her dad's death. She said he was standing next to a pickup truck when he was shot on public land about nine miles northeast of Bemidji.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says the other hunter who shot Bixby is from Bemidji, and the two men are acquaintances but were not hunting together. Authorities are investigating.

Nikki Bixby says her dad was born in Deer River, moved as a child and graduated high school in Blackduck. He had been a logger his entire life, and suffered heart attacks and asthma later in life, Nikki Bixby said.

He was a lifelong hunter, fisherman and a kind soul, she told the Pioneer.

"He was one of the nicest guys ever," Nikki Bixby said, adding he was the kind of guy who would give what he had to help others even though he didn't have much.

She said her father taught her and her brothers, Richard and Wesley, to handle firearms with care.

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