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A Debert man killed in a hunting accident Monday was a lifelong resident of the area.

Barry Nichols, 60, was a self-employed carpenter who grew up in Belmont.

“He was a good guy,” said Colchester County Coun. Bob Pash. “A very honest, very nice guy.”

Nichols died following “a tragic hunting accident” Monday evening in a wooded area near Rifle Range Road in Belmont., RCMP said in a news release.

“The initial investigation has determined that the victim and a 41-year-old man were hunting in the area,” said spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Clarke. “They were following a deer and became separated. The younger man shot at what he thought was the deer, and accidentally caused a fatal injury to the victim.”

Police and EHS paramedics who attended the scene were unable to revive him, she said.

Clarke said Nichols and the other hunter were known to each other but that the RCMP were not immediately disclosing any further information.

Pash said a community benefit will be held at the Debert legion sometime before Christmas, Pash said.

“As a councillor from this district, I’d like to pass along my condolences and very heartfelt sympathy to the family.”

The incident is being investigated by the RCMP Northeast Nova Major Crimes Unit. RCMP Forensic Identification Services and Colchester District RCMP assisted at the scene.

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