The shooting death of a hunter in Bucks County on the first day of Pennsylvania's deer season was ruled a homicide Tuesday by the county coroner.

Barry Groh, 52, of Quakertown, was found Monday afternoon in a creek near a dead eight-point buck in Richland Township, police said. His gun was discovered nearby.

Groh's wound "does not appear to be self-inflicted," authorities said in a joint statement released by Bucks County detectives, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office, and the Richland Township Police Department. The autopsy determined that Groh was struck by a bullet that pierced his upper left arm and then entered his chest.

Groh had been hunting that morning on township land, and had called his wife to tell her he had shot a deer. He asked her to tell their son to come help carry the animal from the woods off California Road near Dickert Road.

Authorities said that Groh was wearing camouflage and that his orange hunting vest was found nearby.

Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler said Tuesday that he was not at liberty to discuss additional details of the shooting.

"I think it's better that the investigation plays out before we draw any conclusions," Heckler said.

Groh was the second Pennsylvania hunter killed in November. On Nov. 13, a Dauphin County man died after being shot in the neck while hunting for turkey in Perry County.

A Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer, David L. Grove, 31, was allegedly murdered by a man poaching deer Nov. 11 in York County.

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