Bobby Knight, foul-mouthed coach of the Indiana
University basketball team, took a break from basketball for a little
hunting on a recent trip to northern Wisconsin. After shooting his
hunting partner, Knight was cited for hunting without a license by the
game warden taking the hunting accident report. This incident is
reported by the Wisconsin DNR as a hunting accident, not a "poaching"
accident. The victim will recover.
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Jason Watts, the drunk hunter that killed two friends
during a hunting trip in 1998 and was sentenced to 10 years in jail was
"shock" probated after serving nine months in a Kentucky prison. He has
now signed a contract to play for the Denver Broncos Football team.
In 1997, Watts shot a friend in the buttocks with a .22
rifle while intoxicated. The victim refused to prosecute because Watts
was a "hunting buddy." In 1996, Watts encouraged another friend to have
a "drinking contest" with him. His friend "lost" but managed to drink
enough to wander into the path of a train on his walk home. He was 18.
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MADISON – Waterfowl hunters shot and killed two
trumpeter swans over the weekend in Vilas County, and a third dead swan
was discovered Tuesday in Juneau County, prompting state wildlife
officials to issue another statewide warning to hunters to be on the
lookout for these endangered birds in Wisconsin.
State conservation wardens are investigating the Vilas
County shooting, which took place Saturday, Oct. 16, on Rice Creek near
Island Lake between Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters. Both swans
were old enough to breed -- between 2 and 3 years old -- and had
completely white feathers, according to Sumner Matteson, an avian
ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources who coordinates the
swan recovery program.
"This is really an unconscionable shooting," Matteson
said. "These were fully grown, completely white swans. They look nothing
like Canada geese, which are significantly smaller than trumpeter swans
and the markings are very different." said a DNR spokesman.
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