MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State wildlife officials say six hunters were shot during the gun deer hunt that wrapped up Sunday.
All the hunters survived. Two of them suffered self-inflicted wounds. The state Department of Natural Resources recorded 12 shooting incidents last year, all nonfatal.
According to DNR data, the lowest number of incidents over the last 28 years came in 2004, when the agency recorded two fatal and two nonfatal shootings. Minnesota truck driver Chai Soua Vang shot six hunters to death and wounded two more during a trespassing dispute in Sawyer County that year, but the DNR doesn’t count intentional shootings as hunting incidents.
The agency reports it sold 620,534 gun deer licenses this year, down slightly from 621,094 last year.
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