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Sarah Smith and Emily Welker, Forum News Service, Published October 07 2013

Family of newlywed killed in hunting accident says he 'died doing what he loved to do'

NEVIS, Minn. – Adam Earl Poole loved to hunt and fish.

So much so, his wedding a month ago featured camouflage vests, matching ties and Ducks Unlimited hats for the 23-year-old and his groomsmen.

On Saturday, exactly four weeks after marrying his sweetheart Allison, Adam was tragically killed in a duck hunting accident on the lake where he met his wife, where his grandmother lived and where he grew up in the outdoors.

“He pretty much spent his whole life in that fishing boat,” said father Scott Poole of his son. “He loved being out in the weather, the freedom. He wasn’t one to sit still.”

Last Saturday, as he had done many times before, Adam and a companion went duck hunting in a channel connecting Third and Fourth Crow Wing lakes about 10 miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Just after 4:30 p.m., Adam and his companion both stood up in the boat at the same time to fire at ducks. Adam’s companion simultaneously lost his balance and fired the gun, striking Adam in the head, according Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes.

Adam died at the scene. The sheriff is not releasing the name of the man who shot Adam, saying it was a tragic accident and nothing more.

“He just feels terrible,” Aukes said of the hunting companion.

Adam graduated from Nevis High School. Shortly after his death, a Facebook page created in his memory lit up with tributes to his sense of humor, sense of adventure and his love for the outdoors. Many posted photos showed him fishing and holding up trophy walleyes and perch.

But, mostly, friends were remembering his unique wedding a month earlier.

Facebook photos show a joyful groom and groomsmen leaping in the air in their camouflage satin vests, ties and Ducks Unlimited caps.

Adam’s wife, Allison, said Monday her husband was adamant about gun safety, that she went with him often on hunting and fishing trips, and that the message was clear: Know where the gun is pointed. Know how to make sure the safety’s on.

“Accidents happen to even the most prepared people out there,” she said. “It’s going to be hard, but I have a big support system.”

Allison and Adam were married Sept. 7. They were planning to take their honeymoon next year.

They met six years ago, introduced by his cousin, she said, at his grandmother’s house on the lake. They were hoping to start looking at new homes soon, and were thinking about starting a family.

Adam’s father, Scott, said his son meant the world to him.

“He died doing what he loved to do,” he said.


Smith is assistant editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.

Welker is a reporter for The Forum.