Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin hunting incident summary - Year 2018

Last revised: Monday December 03 2018
# 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. 01/12/2018 2:00pm Crawford Private gun shot to the right side of head, bullet broke skin and lodged between the skin and the skull No Neither 13yr M Yes 19yr M Yes .22 Caliber Slide Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was shooting at sparrows that were on the frozen ground around a cattle feeder in the barn yard. Victim walked out of steel shed at the exact time the shooter shot. The bullet ricocheted off the frozen ground and struck the victim in the side of the head.
2. 05/05/2018 4:43pm Adams Public gun shot to left foot No SI - Self Inflicted 48yr M Yes Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting turkey. Shooter attempted to attach a clip-on cloth turkey tail fan to the barrel of his shotgun when the shotgun discharged causing pellets to strike left foot.
3. 07/12/2018 9:04am Sheboygan Private gun shot to right leg No SI - Self Inflicted 67yr F No Same as Shooter .22 Caliber Revolver Handgun
Synopsis: The shooter shot at nuisance raccoon. Shooter returned to residence to retrieve additional ammunition and was reloading and struggling to refit the detachable cylinder when it discharged resulting in a gun shot wound to the right leg.
4. 09/02/2018 5:30pm Waukesha Public circular wound to left shin No Neither 17yr M Yes 17yr M Yes 20 Gauge Slide/Pump Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting dove. Victim’s group dropped shot on shooter’s group and shooter began firing at birds in the direction of the victims group.
5. 09/26/2018 12:00pm Iron Public gunshot wound to the chest Yes SI - Self Inflicted 74yr M No Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Slide/Pump Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter/victim was hunting grouse. Shooter/victim was attempting to cross a log that covered hunting trail when shotgun went off hitting victim in chest causing a fatal injury.
6. 09/30/2018 7:19pm Polk Private .22 caliber bullet wound entering left side of abdominal area exiting right side No Neither 17yr M Unknown 33yr F Yes .22 Caliber Bolt Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter was hunting raccoon and failed to identify his target and shot victim (a bowhunter) who was walking along a field edge after shooting hours.
7. 10/08/2018 5:30pm Polk Private single BB shot which passed through webbing of thumb and forefinger No SI - Self Inflicted 40yr M Yes Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: The shooter/victim was hunting waterfowl. The shooter was loading two shells into the magazine tube and had placed one in the action of the shotgun. The shooter pushed the bolt release and the bolt struck the shell in the action and the shell exploded causing BB to penetrate through shooter/victim's hand.
8. 10/19/2018 6:58am Calumet Private single gunshot wound to the left side of the head Yes SP - Same Party 17yr M Yes 16yr M Yes 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: Waterfowl hunters hunting from boat along shoreline. Shots were fired from seated positions from stern and bow of boat. Shooter prepared to fire as victim stood up from seated position in the middle of the boat.
9. 10/22/2018 4:30pm Dodge Public gunshot wound to right leg, 9 pellets lodged in right leg and two pellets grazed left leg No SI - Self Inflicted 55yr M Yes Same as Shooter 12 Gauge Semi-Auto Action Shotgun
Synopsis: Shooter/Victim was hunting waterfowl with dog from jon boat. Shooter/victim shot duck and sent dog on retrieve. Shooter laid shotgun on seat port side of the boat muzzle forward facing. Dog climbed into the boat and while shooter/victim was handling the dog the dog walked on top of the gun stepping on trigger and trigger guard area causing the shotgun to discharge.
10. 11/18/2018 1:20pm Columbia Public flesh wound to the top of left foot/ankle area No SP - Same Party 24yr M Yes 23yr M Yes .308 Caliber Semi-Auto Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter and victim were part of a 6-person deer drive. The victim started walking into a low wet area with thick red willow. Victim jumped a deer and as it started running towards the standers the shooter shot 2 rounds striking victim in left foot.
11. 11/18/2018 5:05pm Dunn Private bullet wound to forearm No SP - Same Party 17yr M Yes 21yr M Yes 30.06 Caliber Unknown Action Rifle
Synopsis: The shooter shot after hours at what he assumed was a deer hitting victim who was field dressing a deer at the time.
12. 11/20/2018 2:45pm Bayfield Private gunshot entrance wound to right wrist and exit wound on right arm No SI - Self Inflicted 58yr M No Same as Shooter .32 Special Caliber Lever Action Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter/Victim leaned rifle against ladder stand. Shooter/victim climbed up stand to clear snow from seat and while standing at the top of the ladder stand the rifle discharged striking the victim.
13. 11/24/2018 12:00pm Sauk Private left hand superficial graze wound to palm No SI - Self Inflicted 39yr M Yes Same as Shooter 10mm Caliber Semi-Auto Action Handgun
Synopsis: Shooter/Victim was getting ready to leave the field after hunting deer. Shooter/victim was unloading handgun when the hammer of the firearm went forward causing slide to go forward and discharge.
14. 12/01/2018 08:30am Douglas Private bullet entered front left chest and exited in the same general area No SI - Self Inflicted 65yr M No Same as Shooter .50 Caliber Muzzle Loader Rifle
Synopsis: Shooter/Victim was hunting deer. Shooter/victim lost grip of their muzzle loader rifle causing it to fire when it hit the ground.

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