Paw Paw man dies while hunting on opening day

by Kate Evans

A 56-year old Paw Paw man died while hunting on Monday, November 23 — the first day of buck season.  The death occurred in Hampshire County between Slanesville and Capon Bridge on a large piece of hunting property, said West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Officer Richard Nelson from Hampshire County.

Nelson said that Paw Paw resident Brian Wayne Nester was out hunting that day and didn’t return as usual after dark.  His wife called other hunting members that hunted the same property and reported him as missing.  The hunters searched, found Nester’s truck and where he was hunting and found him deceased.

Nelson said that since the man died while hunting it became a hunting incident. The officer got the call around 9 p.m. that night to investigate.

Nelson said that there was no foul play involved and that it was determined that Nester had a heart attack while in the woods.

Nelson and Sergeant Danny Dolan from his Division of Natural Resources office both responded to the incident.  Nelson expressed his sympathies to the family and said they’d had quite a few similar hunting deaths this year, but not in Morgan County.