Wisconsin’s deadliest deer season in past 5 years nears end

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WAUSAU — This has been Wisconsin’s deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.

Daily Herald Media reports that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.

A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.

The nine-day season runs through Sunday.


  • Reasonless

    As the DNR has cut the required hours for Hunters Safety and made online courses available in order to push more people into the system.
    Expect to see these numbers climb in the years to come.
    You get what you put into it. As with anything else in this world, as quantity goes up, quality goes down.

    • Neil

      I think your wrong but I respect your opinion.

      I think more training and possibly a certification is required. Alaska requires certs. for a lot of their hunts.

    • Mel


      I am angry with the DNR because they are letting people go to early for hunter’s safety. The lady grabbed a GUN by the trigger guard, which is a no,no, and they DIDN’T BOTHER TO UNLOAD IT BEFORE! That is PURE stupidity. Injuries from the careless treatment of firearms should get a Darwin award. Because regardless of the circumstances, it’s the gun owners fault cause they didn’t follow some pretty self explanatory guidelines.

      And we may have different opinions but let hope we share common sense! :)

  • Wilson

    Reasonless this isn’t about online hunter safety courses, this is about people who don’t have any common sense. Really, handing a loaded rifle up to someone in a tree with the muzzle pointing at you??? How about never pointing a loaded weapon at something you don’t intend to shoot?? If they own weapons they should have known that without taking hunter safety courses. Just plain stupid people that’s all…

    • Reasonless

      I agree with Wilson, Neil and Mel, and yet have a bit more to interject.
      Training is extremely important regardless of age.
      In the past twelve years, I have gone thru Hunters Safety three times.
      As each of my children went, I went thru the class with them. Not only for the sake or making sure that my children were being taught properly, but also to make sure that they were taking the class seriously, and that they were learning the material being taught. I also went as a refresher to myself so I would know how that child was taught and I would know how to stick to those guidelines when hunting with them in order to set a proper example.
      In those three different occasions, I was definitely a minority as far as a parent taking the class with their child. Most parents did a drive by while shoving their kid out of the vehicle so that child could take the class on their own.
      I realize that you already know what I’m about to say next, but I need to say it.
      Not all kids mature at the same rate.
      I have seen some students in their late teens that weren’t focused or mature enough to handle a firearm. I have seen other kids as young as ten show the proper respect and responsibility to handle a firearm. I have witnessed this with my own children.
      Next; I think that its safe to assume that the three of you are somewhere in my age group if not slightly older. Many of us grew up with firearms in the home and we knew that they were to be respected.
      Today’s kids grow up with a plastic gun for a video game while shooting at anything fro pimps to cops.
      In the three classes that I went thru, one of the biggest challenges that the instructors had is getting the students to keep their finger off of the trigger until they are ready to safely fire. The first thing that today’s kid does in picking up a gun is put their finger on the trigger.
      In the past year, the DNR has shaved off the required amount of time that the Hunters Safety class can go for. The same amount of material is expected to taught in several less hours of time.
      Because of this, time is cut off of the supervised hands on training.
      If the instructors can’t permanently etch the safety part of handling a firearm into that student, and the parent that didn’t go thru the class isn’t fresh on the taught material because they didn’t want to spend the time going thru the class with their child, the chances of a hunting accident have just increased.
      Now we add online courses to this equation. I’m not saying that anyone that takes an online Hunters Safety class is a bad person, or that they’re going to be unsafe. If an individual has a common knowledge on firearm safety and is mature, they will probably be alright. I still feel that nothing beats hands on teaching.
      Last; just because someone took a Hunters Safety class doesn’t make them safe. Bad habits can creep up on us. If a child completes the class, but now he or she starts hunting with parents, Aunts and Uncles that are either grandfathered in, or took the class a few decades ago with no refreshers, we can have a real problem. In most cases, that child is looking up at these seasoned mentors, and they will only exercise whatever amount of safety that they see their elders apply.
      And just so no one thinks that I’m one of those parents that critiques other peoples children, but not my own. As I mentioned earlier, each of my three children have gone thru Hunters Safety when they were between the ages of ten and thirteen. The first one that went, I made the painful decision that I would never willingly place a firearm in that child’s hands. Their focus and attention span when it came to safety was nowhere near where I needed to see it. However, after returning from the military the other year, that same person is now mature enough to hunt with me.
      The second one went thru the class to prove a point to the first one. That one displayed all of the proper mindset to become a safe hunter, but never had any interest in hunting. They like to target shoot, but not hunt. This is fine because they still display proper gun safety on the range.
      The third child went thru at the youngest age. At the age of ten, they not only completed the class, but also shot a beautiful six pointer during Wisconsin’s first mentor hunt.
      In closing, I pray that while the DNR makes things easier for people, especially children to get their Hunters Safety certification, that we don’t continue to go in a backwards direction with our safe hunting record.


    ‘…….passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off.’ Good one.

  • wally chmielewski

    Iv bin hunting for years in different county’s and this year had to pic a co no way I’m going to pic there’s no dear in public hunting grounds have not seen any tracks or dear but this is funny I see more deer in the town of como just walking around on the streets and even in my backyard I see them and that’s como Wisconsin out Side lake Geneva something got to be done this is the roung picture iv bin seening

  • ds

    You’re an idiot, move to russia. I think thats all I need to say but if you have further dispute you can give me your address and I will come there without a gun. Considering there is nothing I can do without a gun I don’t think you should have too much to worry about.

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