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DNR officials aim for third straight year of no deer hunt shooting deaths


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - You’ve heard that things generally happen in threes – and Wisconsin officials hope for a third straight gun deer season in which no hunters are shot to death.

The nine-day hunt begins on Saturday. And the DNR hopes to continue a one of a kind safety streak.

Only three November gun seasons in the last 160 years did not have a fatal shooting in Wisconsin.

DNR chief warden Randy Stark credits the current record to the requirement that hunters take a safety course. Anyone born after 1973 must pass the DNR’s safety course to get a gun license.

Stark says much has been learned about the reasons for hunting deaths – and they can all be avoided by following basic rules like turning on the safety device when not hunting, and knowing your target and what’s beyond it.

Stark says one-third of all hunting accidents are self-inflicted, and another third occur during deer drivers when hunters are not sure of their targets and what’s behind them.

There were 6 gun-related injuries throughout Wisconsin in last year’s deer hunt. That’s the second-lowest total since 2004.