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HUNTING ACCIDENTS UP IN WISCONSIN THIS YEAR

Posted on Fri, Nov. 19, 2004

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Hunting accidents have increased sharply in Wisconsin this year, even before the opening of the gun-deer season Saturday, and that has raised concern among state Department of Natural Resources officials.

There have been 29 incidents during the small game, T-zone and archery seasons, with 28 involving firearms and one an arrow, but none has been fatal.

That compares with just 35 hunting accidents through all of last year, including 17 at this time a year ago.

"History has shown over the last few years the gun-deer season often provides us with 50 percent of our total hunting accidents," said Tim Lawhern, Department of Natural Resources hunter education administrator.

"If that holds true, we'll have 29 more accidents, and I don't want that."

Eight of the injuries this year were self-inflicted, while 20 involved members of the same hunting party, according to the DNR. The cause of one accident is still under investigation.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,


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