DNR: 2018 Gun Deer Hunt ‘Safest On Record’

(Madison) Despite three hunters getting shot, state officials say the latest gun season is the safest on record.  Jon King with the Department of Natural Resources says three hunters were treated for non-fatal gunshots wounds this season, but there have been no fatalities. That includes a hunter shot in the foot in the Columbia County Town of Marcellon on day two of the hunt. In that incident, the 23-year-old was shot by a member of his hunting party, who was aiming for a running deer. Last year, King says six hunters were shot and none of them died.  The last time a Wisconsin hunter died in the field was 2015.  D-N-R does not have a final count of deer permits for this year but says as many as 570-thousand hunters in the state could have taken to the field during the 2018 deer season.