(12/2/13) The Wisconsin D-N-R reports eight gun-related accidents during the nine-day deer hunting season that ended yesterday.
Two mishaps occurred during Thanksgiving week, on top of the six mishaps reported in the season's opening weekend. No hunters were reported shot-to-death, but a hunter shot on Thanksgiving Day was seriously hurt. The D-N-R's Jon King said it happened in Dunn County in northwest Wisconsin, where the victim was shot in the stomach during a drive by a member of his hunting party. Two other gun incidents occurred during deer drives. Four were self-inflicted. A resident in Monroe County was hurt by a bullet that was shot into his home during the opening weekend. King says hunting accidents continue to decline because hunters are thinking more about safety. Over one-point-million hunters have completed hunter education courses. King said a greater number of mishaps typically happen during small-game seasons. Three hunters died from non-bullet wounds in the gun season. They included actor and Tomahawk native Jay Leggett who collapsed while returning to a hunting cabin. A second hunter collapsed from natural causes, apparently falling from a tree-stand near Wausau. The third died after being hit by a car last Friday while standing along a roadway near Gilman.