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WI - Hunting accidents and violations

"Although deer hunting licenses can be sold throughout the nine-day gun/deer season this year, 631,000 were sold for the first weekend of the regular deer season and licenses will be sold all week. One hunter was killed by what seems to have been a stray bullet the first weekend of the hunt. The fatal accident took place in Burnett County. Three other non-fatal injuries took place, two of them self-inflicted. A 15 year-old girl shot herself in the leg when she stumbled while tracking a deer in Grant County. A hunter shot his little finger while climbing into a tree stand on Waukesha County. A group shooting at a startled deer resulted in a hunter getting shot in the foot in Ozaukee County. Hopefully there will be no other injuries this week.

"Same old hunting violations

"Wardens cited hunters for the same violations that they have for years, for breaking rules that were made to save lives. Hunters lives, not deer. Citations were given to hunters who had uncased guns in vehicles. Some of those guns were unloaded. Others were shooting too close to the road, or on it. And, believe it or not, although two gallons of bait is legal, there were baiting violations. Some states allow automatic feeders; it is illegal in Wisconsin, as at least one hunter found out."

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