Hunting accidents have resulted in two deaths and five injuries since Virginia's deer season opened Monday.
Patrick Lewis Branch, 25, of Floyd died Tuesday after being shot in a field off Rte. 221 about six miles north of Floyd, sheriff's investigator Jerry Yopp said.
Branch, who was hunting with his brother-in-law, was not wearing blaze orange clothing as required by a new state law, Yopp said.
Branch apparently was shot by another hunter but no one has been charged, Yopp said.
In Patrick County, authorities said Ed Clark of Bassett died after suffering an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Game warden Lee Wensel said Clark, 40, apparently climbed a tree and was shot when his rifle slipped and discharged. He was shot in the thigh and was killed when he fell from the tree and broke his neck.
In other hunting-related accidents:A Ferrum man was hospitalized in serious condition in Roanoke after he was wounded Tuesday while hunting near Boones Mill. Henry Clayton Lambert, 29, was shot in the leg, arm and upper body when his hunting partner apparently mistook him for a turkey, Franklin County Game Warden R.B. Jenkins said. It was not learned whether Lambert was wearing blaze orange clothing. Steven Banks, 34, of Fredericksburg was accidentally shot in the leg by his brother, state game warden Kevin Clarke said. Banks was struck Tuesday by a shotgun pellet while hunting with his brother in the George Washington National Forest. A 54-year-old Fluvanna County hunter was critically injured Tuesday when his son accidentally shot him. Fluvanna Sheriff Gordon Richardson said the son fired at a deer that ran through a thicket but instead hit his father, Charles Powell, who was on the other side of the thicket. Powell was hit by buckshot above the eye and in the abdomen. Ronald Easter, 34, of Grayson County was hospitalized in stable condition after falling from a tree stand while hunting Monday in a wooded area near Rte. 21 on Iron Mountain. Jim Barnett, 40, of Berryville was taking his rifle from a pickup truck Monday when the gun discharged. The bullet passed through Barnett's hand, hips and buttock.
Virginia game officials reported 92 hunting accidents last year, including 13 fatalities.