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PORTERSVILLE — Crews have continued their search Monday of a lake at a state park in western Pennsylvania for a boater who has been missing since Friday.

Officials at Moraine State Park, about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh, say 52-year-old Brian Cornetti has been a regular visitor. He likes to boat around the shore and hunt raccoons at night.

He was last seen about 10 p.m. Friday and was reported missing when his small boat, with his life vest and other belongings still in it, was found drifting on the lake Saturday morning.

Crews are using sonar equipment to search the lake, and cadaver dogs to search the shoreline in case he made it out of the water, but park officials are presuming he has drowned.

Michigan: Hunter dies after tree stand fall

Authorities say a 58-year-old hunter has died after apparently falling from a tree stand in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Donald Joseph Peplinski of Maple City apparently fell Friday night from the tree stand in Leelanau County's Kasson Township, about 15 miles northwest of Traverse City. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Leelanau County sheriff's department says Peplinski's death is considered an accident. It's under investigation.

Hawaii: Please hunt Big Island deer

State officials in Hawaii are encouraging hunters to help them eradicate axis deer on the Big Island.

The announcement comes after the Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to allow licensed hunters to kill deer on public land on the Big Island without getting a special permit.

The state says there will be no restrictions on the days or seasons that deer may be hunted and no limits on the numbers that may be taken.

Hunters will still need to a valid hunting license and hunt only during daylight hours. They'll also need landowner permission to hunt on private land.

The Big Island Invasive Species Committee is trying to eradicate deer on the island so the animals don't harm farms, ranches and forests.

Iowa: Hunter hit in face by 2 shotgun pellets

Authorities say a 78-year-old Iowa man suffered minor wounds when he was struck in the face by two shotgun pellets.

The Iowa Natural Resources Department says Darrell Lamb, of Grinnell, was wounded Saturday morning while hunting pheasants in Poweshiek County.

The department says a pheasant flushed between Lamb and three other members of his hunting party. They couldn't see him because of the topography and the height of the vegetation.

Lamb was treated at Grinnell Regional Medical Center and released.

Maine: Deer hunt starts for non-residents

Deer hunting is starting in Maine for non-residents.

Out-of-staters got the go-ahead Monday to begin hunting. Saturday was residents-only hunting.

The season ends the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.

Weather forecasts were not looking encouraging for the season's start this week. But hunters hoped that there would be more deer out there, after a relatively mild winter and early spring that enhanced forage for the white-tails.

The muzzleloader season will begin on Nov. 26 and end Dec. 1 statewide, with a second one-week season running from Dec. 3-8 in a limited number of designated hunting districts.

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