Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin hunting incident summary - Year 2015

4 Rules of Firearm Safety

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
  • Be certain of your target & what's beyond
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot

4 Nqe ceev phom kom txhob muaj teeb meem

  • T - Treat (Saib) txhua rab phom tam li muaj mos txwv nyob rau hauv
  • A - Always (Yuav tsum) taw lub ntsis phom rau qhov chaw tsis muaj neeg
  • B - Be (Xyuas) kom paub tseeb koj lub hom phiaj (seb muaj dab tsi nyob pem hauv ntej) thiab dab tsi nyob tom qab ntawd
  • K - Keep (Tshem) koj tus ntiv tes tawm ntawm tus qib phom kom txog thaum npaj tua tso
Last revised: Tuesday February 23 2016
# 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. 1/28/2015 9:00pm Pepin Private .22 round to groin area and lodged in posterior No SI - Self Inflicted 47yr M No Same as Shooter .22 Semi-Automatic Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting raccoon. Shooter previously drove over raccoon. The raccoon continued to run in an open corn field while shooter shot an estimated 10 rounds at raccoon. Shooter thought firearm was empty and grabbed on to the barrel with both hands and attempted to use the butt of the firearm to club the raccoon. The stock broke off the gun and a .22 round fired hitting shooter.
2. 3/07/2015 2:00PM Rusk Private gunshot wound to abdomen Yes Neither 17yr M Yes 60yr M Yes .30-30 Slide/Pump Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting coyote. Shooter fired one shot at running coyote, missing coyote and striking victim in abdomen. Shooter and victim (non-hunter) were approximately 811 feet apart.
3. 4/25/2015 9:30am Sheboygan Private 2 shotgun pellets in the left hand No Neither 62yr M No 28yr M Yes 12 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting turkey. Shooter set up with turkey fan decoy along field edge. Victim was crawling on the ground holding a strutting tom turkey decoy heading towards shooters decoy. Shooter saw turkey decoy through brush and shot once hitting victim in left hand.
4. 4/29/2015 3:42pm Racine Private Gun shot wound to right heel No SI - Self Inflicted 69yr M No Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Slide/Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting nuisance black birds. Shooter rested firearm against a tree while working in the garden. The firearm fell causing it to discharge and strike victim in the right heel.
5. 8/26/2015 7:30 pm Kenosha Private gunshot wound to center of chest Yes SI - Self Inflicted 66yr M No Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Slide/Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting coyotes. Shooter was on ATV/UTV type of vehicle with loaded firearm. Firearm discharged at very close range with buckshot striking shooter/victim in chest.
6. 9/13/2015 10:20am Vernon Public Gun shot wound to shoulder, broken humerus bone No Neither 45yr M No 43yr M No .17 Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting squirrel. Shooter thought victim was a squirrel and shot at movement failing to identify target.
7. 9/16/2015 7:30pm Sheboygan Public Gun shot wound entered lower left torso above hip, no exit No SI - Self Inflicted 20yr M Yes Same as Shooter .22 Semi-Automatic Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting squirrel. Shooter shot at squirrel then proceeded to go retrieve the squirrel when shooter tripped and fell, which caused shooter to lose control of firearm with the safety in the off position.
8. 10/03/2015 7:00am Green Lake Public Fine shot to right jaw and right middle finger No SP - Same Party 31yr M Yes 34yr M Yes 12 Gauge Slide/Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting waterfowl. Shooter and victim set up about 50 yards apart, shooter shot once at wood duck just above cattail height hitting victim with fine shot.
9. 10/11/2015 1:30pm Bayfield Public 6 pellets to left side of body from mid high to scalp No SP - Same Party 18yr M Yes 16yr M Yes 12 Gauge Slide/Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting grouse. Grouse flushed in a thicket and shooter shot once striking victim on the far right side of the line. Shooter lost sight of the victim.
10. 10/12/2015 1:45pm Chippewa Private bullet went through right foot from top and exited out bottom No SI - Self Inflicted 53yr F Yes Same as Shooter .22 Semi-Automatic Action Handgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting nuisance squirrel. Shooter unaware of bullet already chambered was attempting to load the .22 rifle when rifle discharged directly into right foot.
11. 10/17/2015 8:00am Waukesha Public Cross bow bolt penetrated through right foot, entered top of foot between the bones on first and second toe No SI - Self Inflicted 42yr M Yes Same as Shooter Crossbow
Synopsis: Shooter was stalking antlerless deer. Shooter was carrying crossbow in a high ready position and lost sight of deer. During the transition from the high ready carry back to a one handed side carry the crossbow discharged.
12. 10/17/2015 8:10am Columbia Public Bullet entered right bicep and went through causing an approximate 2 inch wound No Neither 30yr M Yes 34yr M Yes .22 Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting squirrel. Victim was archery hunting in an elevated treestand. Shooter saw movement and looked through the scope on his gun and shot at what he thought was a squirrel hitting victim.
13. 11/05/2015 11:00am Jefferson Private BB to eye and right shoulder and chest area No SP - Same Party 34yr M Yes 37yr M Yes 12 Gauge Slide/Pump Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting pheasant on gamefarm with hunting party of five. Shooter trailed behind the group after changing direction in field. The shooter flushed a pheasant behind group and took a shot at the pheasant hitting victim.
14. 11/07/2015 7:45am Waupaca Private Birdshot wound to the shoulder, 2” laceration with 19 BB’s embedded below skin No SI - Self Inflicted 41yr M Yes Same as Shooter 28 Gauge Break/Hinge Action Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting pheasant. Shooter believes safety was bumped when shooter tripped and believes a stick may have contacted the trigger causing the shotgun to discharge.
15. 11/21/2015 09:00am Rock Private Gunshot wound to left leg just above knee No SI - Self Inflicted 16yr M Yes Same as Shooter 20 Gauge Slide/Pump Action Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting deer. Shooter was seated along field and began to fall asleep. Gun discharged striking shooter/victim in left leg.
16. 11/22/2015 08:00am Marathon Private Gunshot wound through left arm, grazed chest, and entered right arm where it lodged No SP - Same Party 14yr M Yes 26yr M Yes .30-30 Lever Action Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting deer. Shooter was reloading firearm when attempting to de-cock the hammer, it slipped, and the rifle discharged striking victim approximately 3 feet away.
17. 11/22/2015 08:59am Columbia Private Gunshot wound entering near armpit Yes SP - Same Party 35yr F Yes 39yr M Yes .308 Lever Action Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting deer. Shooter was already in treestand while victim was on ladder handing up a loaded rifle to the shooter. Gun went off striking the victim.
18. 11/23/2015 04:20pm Manitowoc Private Gunshot wound to the left leg, femur area No SP - Same Party 17yr M Yes 18yr M Yes .308 Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was hunting deer. Victim walking towards shooters location attempting to push deer to shooter. Shooter saw two deer at approximately 140 yards and shot at deer hitting victim in leg.
19. 11/23/2015 04:18pm Waushara Private Gunshot wound to sternum area, exiting the side Yes Neither 22yr M Yes 56yr M Yes .7mm Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: Victim was walking through pines, hunting deer. Victim heard two shots and was hit in the lower chest area.
20. 11/27/2015 09:49am Jackson Public Gunshot wound to right foot near toes No SI - Self Inflicted 35yr M Yes Same as Shooter .308 Semi-Automatic Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was on a deer drive while walking through some brush. Shooter/victim lowered his rifle to get through brush when the firearm discharged twice hitting foot.
21. 11/29/2015 unknown Marathon Private Gunshot wound entering chest and exiting through back Yes SI - Self Inflicted 50yr M No Same as Shooter 25-06 Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter was presumably hunting deer when gunshot wound entered chest and exited through back at unknown time.
22. 11/29/2015 3:55pm Polk Public Gunshot wound striking victim in forearm No SP - Same Party unknown 16yr M Yes .270 Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: After just shooting a deer, the victim and shooter were travelling down a county road with multiple loaded firearms in vehicle, the loaded .270 rifle was between driver and passenger when it discharged hitting victim.
23. 12/27/2015 11:00am Eau Claire Private Pellets struck face and lodged in tongue and neck No SP - Same Party 64yr M Yes 36yr M Yes 12 Gauge Semi-Automatic Action Shotgun
Synopsis: Group of hunters pushing pheasants, victim was covered by shooter swinging on game during a flush as shooter did not see the victim when the bird flushed.

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