WI: Injuries and violations
Safety education paying off in Wisconsin
December 18, 2010
Despite this year's impressive record, November's 12 shooting injuries
fit familiar patterns. Five of the shootings (42 percent) occurred during
drives and three (25 percent) were self-inflicted. In all but one, the
shooter and victim knew each other.
When the DNR's chief warden, Randy Stark, released his annual analysis of
the gun season early this month, other themes reappeared. Wardens wrote 216
citations for illegal baiting, the runaway leader in violations for the
seventh straight year.
The good news? Bait violations were 35 percent lower than the record 334
recorded in 2009. Illegal feeding of wildlife also declined, down 24 percent
to 32 citations from the 42 issued last year. However, Stark reported more
baiters trying to dodge the 2-gallon bait limit by spreading the food over
As usual, the second- and third-place violations were transporting a
loaded gun in a vehicle (109); and transporting an uncased gun in a vehicle
Stark's recap includes other interesting reports from wardens, including
. Warden Mike Neal of Sister Bay cited a hunter on private property for
hunting over too much bait. The next morning, Neal checked a stand
overlooking an illegal bait site on nearby county land. He found the same
hunter in the stand, and cited him again.
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