Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin hunting incident summary - Year 2017

Last revised: Monday November 27 2017
# Date/Time Location Injury Description Fatal Self Inflicted (SI) or Same Party (SP) Shooter Age / Sex / Hunter Safety Certified Victim Age / Sex / Hunter Safety Certified Type of Firearm
1. 04/01/2017 6:00pm Dodge Private Welts to chest, right hand and chipped tooth No SP - Same Party 32yr M Yes 66yr M Yes 20 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting pheasant. Bird flushed behind line of hunters and shooter shot hitting victim while swinging on game.
2. 04/17/2017 12:00am Dodge Private Male: shrapnel abrasion to right shin Female: shrapnel abrasion to left shin and right leg just above knee No SI - Self Inflicted 44yr M No 74yr F No .22 Caliber Action Unknown Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting a nuisance raccoon. Shooter shot raccoon straight down and bullet passed through raccoon and shattered on concrete floor causing shrapnel wounds to legs.
3. 05/10/2017 9:30am Oneida Public Injury to left side of face/head No SP - Same Party 64yr M No 42yr M Yes 20 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting turkey. Shooter shot at movement and what he thought was a turkey hitting vicitim in face and head area.
4. 05/21/2017 7:32am Vernon Private bullet entered right side of body underneath armpit Yes SP - Same Party 15yr M Yes 17yr M Yes .22 Caliber Semi-Auto Action Handgun
Synopsis: The shooter and victim were at the vehicle planning a sneak up on turkeys they saw in the field. The victim asked the shooter to toss the handgun which landed on the console of the vehicle and discharged.
5. 05/21/2017 8:10am Dunn Private 3" #6 shot to inside front of left knee No SP - Same Party 63yr M Yes 51yr M Yes 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter and victim were hunting turkeys sitting in low profile camouflage hunting chairs. Victim needed to get up so he passed the gun, stock first, to the shooter who grasped the gun near the curved portion of the stock with heavier weight gloves when the gun discharged.
6. 07/06/2017 8:30pm Barron Public gun shot to middle toe of right foot No SI - Self Inflicted 18yr M Unknown Same as Shooter .243 Caliber Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter/victim was standing with gun loaded and resting on his foot. As he reached inside his vehicle to grap his keys the firearm slipped and when the victim grabbed the gun he pulled the trigger causing firearm to discharge.
7. 09/18/2017 6:30pm Dunn Public bullet entered through the upper right leg, exited through inner right leg, and lodged in the upper left leg No SP - Same Party 31yr M Yes 25yr M Yes .22 Caliber Semi-Auto Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting squirrel. Shooter wounded squirrel and chased it to a tree trunk that was approximately 3 to 4 feet off the ground. Shooter shot one time striking the victim who was standing on the other side of the squirrels location.
8. 09/19/2017 5:30pm Sheboygan Public shotgun pellets to the right side of the back No Neither 64yr M No 23yr M No 20 Gauge Action Unknown Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting squirrel. Shooter failed to indentify target. Shooter shot at what he thought was a squirrel hitting victim in the back.
9. 09/30/2017 8:00am Milwaukee Private bird shot to chest and thigh area No SP - Same Party 61yr M No 61yr M No 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter and victim were stalking geese in shooters yard. Shooter and victim walked around house in two different directions leaving the geese in between them. Shooter dischared his shotgun three times in the direction of the victim and shooters home, hitting victim, and causing damage to window and siding of home.
10. 10/14/2017 12:00pm Calumet Public single pellet wound to the right cheek on face No SP - Same Party 52yr M Unknown 26yr M Unknown 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter and victim were hunting pheasants. Victim went after dog into wooded area and flushed bird in the meantime, shooter swung on the flushed bird and fired hitting victim with one pellet.
11. 10/15/2017 6:55am Chippewa Private fractured clavicle, heavy bruising on right bicep, abrasion to bridge of nose and laceration to right hand between middle and index finger No SI - Self Inflicted 49yr M Yes Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter/victim was hunting waterfowl. As the shooter/victim shot at passing ducks he shot once,the firearm blasted loudly, and the percussion from the discharge made him spin in a circle and fall backward 10feet, landing on his back. Loads were factory and not self-reloaded.
12. 10/20/2017 Unknown Rusk Public numerous shotgun pellet wounds to upper thigh and abdominal area No SP - Same Party 56yr M Unknown 72yr M Unknown 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting grouse. Victim was approximately 40 yards to left of shooter and slightly elevated from shooter. Grouse flushed between shooter and vicitm. Shooter shot two rounds stricking victim.
13. 10/21/2017 5:15pm Washburn Public shotgun pellets to left arm, hip and leg No SP - Same Party 29yr M Unknown 30yr M Unknown 12 Gauge Break/Hinge Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting woodcock. Woodcock flushed between line of hunters, shooter fired hitting victim.
14. 10/21/2017 9:23am St Croix Private #6 shot to head, neck and upper torso, unable to see out of right eye No SP - Same Party 13yr M Yes 73yr M Unknown 20 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting pheasant. Pheasant flushed between group of hunters. Shooter shot twice at pheasant failing to identify his safe zone of fire hitting victim.
15. 11/12/2017 10:00am Fond Du Lac Private shotgun pellets to the face, wrist, hand and lower leg No Neither 45yr M Yes 45yr F Unknown 12 Gauge Action Unknown Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting pheasant. Victim, non-hunter was retrieving dog that was chasing a pheasant, pheasant flushed and flew near shooter who shot one time hitting victim. Victim was not participating in the hunt.
16. 11/18/2017 5:21am Brown Private right ankle injury No SI - Self Inflicted 49yr M Yes Same as Shooter 270 Caliber Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting deer. Shooter/victim was preparing the rifle prior to getting into hunting stand when the firearm discharged striking victim in right ankle.
17. 11/18/2017 9:20am Forest Public gunshot wound through upper right leg and lower left leg No SI - Self Inflicted 49yr M Yes Same as Shooter 30-06 Caliber Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting deer. Upon spotting a deer, the victim manipulated a loaded 30-06 rifle positioned in the cab of vehicle when it discharged hitting victim in the right upper leg and exiting the lower left leg.
18. 11/18/2017 1:10pm Shawano Private 45 caliber handgun wound to upper right thigh, entry and exit wound on the same side No SI - Self Inflicted 51yr M No Same as Shooter 45 Caliber Semi-Auto Handgun
Synopsis: The shooter/vicitm was walking to deer stand when he bent over to pick up a turkey feather. When he stood up and took a step the holstered handgun fired hitting victim in the upper right thigh.
19. 11/22/2017 12:25pm Ozaukee Private bullet passed through upper leg No SP - Same Party Unknown 53yr M Yes Unknown
Synopsis: The shooter was one of two posters/standers in a deer drive. Antlered deer was jumped and doubled back towards the drivers. Both posters/standers shot hitting victim in upper leg. Shooters is unknown at this time.
20. 11/23/2017 9:38am Clark Private bullet went through top of left foot and exited right side No SI - Self Inflicted 27yr M Yes Same as Shooter 300 Caliber Semi-Auto Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter/victim was walking through an open plowed cornfield when the firearm started to discharge. At least three rounds went off with one of the rounds hitting the victim in the top of left foot.
21. 11/24/2017 7:25pm Washburn Public gunshot wound to top right foot in the ankle area exiting out the bottom of foot No SI - Self Inflicted 24yr M Yes Same as Shooter 7mm Caliber Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter/victim was retrieving hunting ground blind and chair after hunting hours (dark). While carrying the hunting equipment victim heard safety click off. Victim reached down to put the safety back on, tripped, and inadvertently hit the trigger causing a discharge stricking victim in the top of foot.
22. 11/26/2017 2:00pm Waukesha Public bullet struck both legs No Neither Unknown at this time Unknown at this time Unknown at this time
Synopsis: The victim was waterfowl hunting from a kayak. The victim was struck by a stray bullet from a deer hunter. The shooter is unknown at this time.

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