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24 October 1999

HUNTING NEWS
By FurCare@aol.com

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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