A Columbia County deer hunter was flown to the University of
Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Sunday after he shot off his right
index finger while attempting to climb into a tree stand, the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported.
incident was one of three firearms-related hunting incidents
reported in Wisconsin during the first weekend of the gun deer
hunting season, which started Saturday and continues through Sunday.
Preliminary information indicates the incident happened at 4:15
p.m. Sunday in a pine grove on private property.
hunter, approximately 45 years old, is a Columbia County resident,
According to the preliminary incident report, the
hunter was attempting to climb into a tree stand carrying a loaded
.30-30 rifle when he slipped and fell about 6.5 feet. As he grabbed
onto the rifle’s barrel, it discharged, severing the finger.
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