It is always amazing how safe the hunt is considering how many people are wandering around the woods with powerful firearms.
MADISON (AP) — Seven hunters were shot during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season, state wildlife officials said Monday.
The season opened Nov. 18 and closed at sunset on Sunday. According to Department of Natural Resources data on its website, five male hunters accidentally shot themselves during the season. A sixth man was shot by someone within his own party during a deer drive in Ozaukee County on Wednesday. The seventh victim was hunting ducks from a kayak in Waukesha County on Friday when a stray bullet struck him or her. None of the incidents were fatal.
License sale data suggest fewer hunters were in the woods this year than in 2016. The DNR sold 588,387 licenses authorizing hunting with a firearm during the nine-day season through midnight Sunday, down 1.7 percent from the previous year