WI: Hunting accidents
Christmas Eve fatality mars hunting season
Jan. 1, 2011
From a safety perspective, the 2010 Wisconsin hunting season will be
remembered for a fatality-free gun deer season in November - the first since
1974 - but also for a tragic Christmas Eve incident that killed a hunter in
For the year, the Department of Natural Resources recorded 32 shooting
incidents, including the one fatality.
The year will end with a worse safety record than 2009. In 2009, the
state recorded 18 shooting incidents, including one fatality.
Tim Lawhern, hunter education administrator for the DNR, was crestfallen
by the news of the Dec. 24 incident.
"It's sad, just sad," Lawhern said. "We always strive for a fatality-free
season. Like with all incidents, regardless of the extent of the injury, we
feel for the family and friends of those involved." .
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