Six gun incidents reported during opening weekend of gun deer season

WISCONSIN (WKBT) — Wisconsin’s gun-deer hunt is off to a slightly rocky start.

According to DNR data, hunters have killed 14 percent more deer than they did in 2021, and there are still five days left in the season.

However, six total gun accidents have also been reported, including the death of an 11-year-old boy.

Wardens say that’s fewer accidents than in previous opening weekends and they credit the Wisconsin hunter safety programs.

“Hunting continues to be safe in Wisconsin. We contributed this success from all these efforts and the decline in incidents. Again, in 1966 we had 264 incidents, last year, in 2021, we had 12 incidents,” said Major April Dombrowski, the recreational safety section chief of the Wisconsin DNR.

The DNR says all hunters should brush up on their gun safety knowledge.

The nine-day gun deer season ends on Sunday.