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Arcadia Man Shot While Deer Hunting

Published - Saturday, November 29, 2003

By Jeff Dankert of the Winona Daily News

WAUMANDEE, Wis. An Arcadia man was wounded by a rifle slug Friday while deer hunting south of Waumandee and was flown to a hospital in Rochester, Minn. Alfred Schlesser remained in surgery at 6:10 p.m. at St. Marys Hospital and his medical condition was not available, said a Mayo Clinic spokesman.

Schlesser had been hunting with a group on private land in Schoepps Valley in Buffalo County when he was shot through the abdomen by another hunter, according to Chuck Baker, Fire Chief with the Waumandee-Montana Fire Department.

The incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m., he said.

A Mayo Clinic helicopter landed in a small field south of Schoepps Valley Road, 2 miles east of state Highway 88 and adjacent to Baker's home and business, Chuck's Repair Shop, Baker said.

Schlesser owns land in Schoepps Valley but lives in Arcadia, Baker said.

Tri-Community Fire Department of Buffalo City, Cochrane and Belvidere, and the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department also responded to the shooting incident, Baker said. The sheriff's department was investigating the accident but withheld information Friday.

Wisconsin had 44 gunshot hunting accidents last year, including five fatalities, according to the Department of Natural Resources. One of the deaths was in Buffalo County, when a 51-year-old man was killed by a fellow hunter shooting at a running deer.

Contact reporter Jeff Dankert at (507) 453-3513, or e-mail: jdankert@winonadailynews.com .

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