Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin hunting incident summary - Year 2014

Last revised: Thursday November 06 2014
# 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. 2/15/2014 9:15am Jefferson Private #6 lead fine shot to left and right leg, 1 bb hit left collar bone No SI - Self Inflicted 26yr F Yes Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting rabbit. Shooter shot a running rabbit next to gravity box causing fine shot to ricochet.
2. 5/01/2014 7:00am Dane Public Pellet wounds to right arm, shoulder and face No Neither 50yr M Yes 46yr M Yes 12 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting turkey. Shooter failed to identify target and shot at movement 50 yards away hitting victim.
3. 8/07/2014 2:30pm Winnebago Private Pellet wounds to front of legs, right arm, torso, neck and nose No SP - Same Party 46yr M Yes 44yr F No .410 Gauge Break\Hinge Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting nuisance chipmunk. Shooter shot towards the ground hitting concrete cinder blocks causing ricochet and fine shot to go towards victim. Victim was hit by pellets and concrete shrapnel approximately 15 feet apart from shooter.
4. 9/21/2014 8:30am Douglas Public Pellet wounds to arm and legs No SP - Same Party 29yr M Yes 28yr M Yes 20 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting grouse and woodcock. Shooter and victim flushed woodcock while walking back to vehicle. Shooter and victim lost site of one another in thick brush. Woodcock flushed, shooter shot three times hitting victim from first shot approximately 30 yards apart.
5. 9/21/2014 5:20pm Marathon Private .22 caliber bullet entered upper left chest puncturing lung No SP - Same Party 11yr M No 42yr M No .22 Caliber Semi-Automatic Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting turkey. The shooter was in excess of 50 feet away from another hunter. Shooter was laying down along fence line facing east and thought he saw a turkey walking towards him. Shooter shot one time striking victim in upper left chest approximately 113 yards away.
6. 9/27/2014 11:49am Sawyer Public and Private One shotgun pellet just below eye No Neither 28yr M Yes 57yr M No Non-Hunter 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting waterfowl on public land. The shooter was dropped off near shore were a small lagoon was protected and surrounded by trees. Two wood ducks flushed and shooter shot twice hitting victim who was standing in maintained yard of a friend's private residence. The victim and shooter were approximately 315 feet apart.
7. 10/05/2014 8:30am Brown Private Top of left big toe shot off No SI - Self Inflicted 23yr M Yes Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting geese. The shooter was lying inside of his ground blind with one round chambered in his shotgun. The shooter was adjusting his position in his blind when the firearm discharged, causing him to shoot himself in the left foot.
8. 10/11/2014 unknown am/pm Waupaca Private Bullet penetrated left foot and traveled into big toe. Lacerated the top of the foot with damage to other toes. No SP - Same Party 13yr M Yes 17yr M Unknown 20 Gauge Break/Hinge Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting deer. The shooter was standing along a corn field while other hunters were driving deer towards shooter. Victim yelled "deer" and the deer ran between the shooter and the victim, shooter took one shot hitting the victim on the inside of the left foot.
9. 10/14/2014 1:30pm Ashland Public Close range discharge striking the top of right foot No SI - Self Inflicted 76yr M No Same as Shooter 20 Gauge Break/Hinge Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was a passenger in a vehicle while road hunting for grouse on a gravel fire lane. Shooter observed grouse and started to load his firearm while still in the vehicle as driver reversed vehicle the shooters firearm discharged into the top of his right foot.
10. 10/14/2014 4:30pm Ashland Public Pellet wounds penetrated the skin on back of legs No SP - Same Party 19yr M Yes 34yr M Yes 12 Gauge Break/Hinge Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting grouse. The shooter was walking up hill when he saw a grouse on the ground. The shooter quickly raised his gun and shot the grouse on the ground hitting victim approximately 30-40 feet away. Shooter lost track and sight of other hunters.
11. 10/18/2014 1:00pm Juneau Private Pellet wounds to the lower right leg No Neither 22yr M Yes 11yr M Yes 12 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting pheasant. The shooter was walking one row inside a corn field along a drainage ditch. Shooter and hunting party were un-aware that another group of hunters had permission to hunt the same private property. The victims were walking east bound in the field wearing dark clothing and no blaze orange. The shooter shot at a pheasant on the ground and missed. The shooter saw the same pheasant shortly after and shot two more times at the running pheasant hitting two victims that were approximately 25 yards in front of the shooter. Only one of the victims was treated.
12. 11/01/2014 Unknown am/pm Trempealeau Private Single gunshot wound to the head, above the right eye No Neither 55yr M Yes 55yr M Yes .22 Caliber Semi-Automatic Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting squirrels on same private property that victim was crossbow hunting. Neither party knew the other was there. The shooter shot at what he believed was a squirrel climbing up the base of a tree, then saw the victim fall. The shooter and victim were approximately 183 feet apart.