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Deer Hunters Shot 2 Area Homes

Posted Dec. 07, 2003

BY TARA MEISSNER

Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — Hunters should never underestimate the power of their weapons.

In Manitowoc County, there were two cases of stray bullets hitting area homes during the gun deer season, which ended a week ago today.

The opening day of gun season, Nov. 22, Shirley Kelly came home to find a bullet hole and shattered lamp in her living room.

“It must have taken a lot of skill to shoot through my living room, explode my crystal lamp and make one great mess for me to clean up,” Kelly said. “I am so happy I was not sitting on my sofa because, if I had, I would have taken the direct shot or been killed.”

According to the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department, the shot was made by what appeared to be a 12-gauge shotgun. The suspected weapon matched that from a similar incident that occurred at another home on County Highway CR, near Newton.

Allen Mahloch reported to officials that Eunice Rohl had heard a number of gunshots before finding an area on the northeast corner of the home that appeared to have been nicked by a slug.

Deputy Inspector Mike Bushman said there have been a few incidents regarding stray bullets during hunting seasons each year.

He suspects the houses this year were hit as a result of a hunter shooting several rounds at a running animal.

“People don’t always realize how far those rounds carry and that they ricochet,” he said.

Hunters are taught to know what their target is and what is behind it, Inspector Rob Hermann said.

Sheriff’s deputies were unable to determine the origin of the bullets, but are following up on additional leads. The landowner in the suspected area of origin said no one had permission to hunt on the land.

“It takes a lot of courage not to admit to this shooting,” Kelly said. “And by the way, what were you doing in the field behind my house, and not in the woods?”

The culprit, if located, could faces charges of reckless use of a firearm, Hermann said.

Tara Meissner: (920) 686-2137 or TMeissner@gannett.com

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