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Chas in Me    Posted 11-21-2004 at 19:51:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Five Dead, 3 Hurt in Wis. Hunting Dispute


HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) - A dispute among deer hunters over a tree stand in northwestern Wisconsin erupted Sunday in a shooting that left five people dead and three injured, officials said.

The alleged gunman, a man from the Twin Cities area, was arrested Sunday afternoon at the line between Rusk and Sawyer counties, according to Sawyer County sheriff's officials.

The violence began shortly after a hunting party saw a hunter occupying their tree stand, Sawyer County Chief Deputy Tim Zeigle told KSTP-TV of St. Paul, Minn. A confrontation and shooting followed.

One of the shooting victims radioed back to the deer shack for help, he said. When more hunters came to the scene, they also were shot, Zeigle said.

The shootings happened in the town of Meteor in southwestern Sawyer County, County Sheriff James Meier said in a news release. Three people were taken to a local hospital, Meier said.

One victim was in critical condition at a Marshfield hospital, a nursing supervisor said. KSTP reported that the others wounded were being treated at a Rice Lake hospital, where one was in critical condition and the other was in fair condition.

Wisconsin's deer gun hunting season started Saturday and lasts for nine days.

Bill Wagner, 72, of Oshkosh, was about two miles away near Deer Lake with a party of about 20 other hunters.

After they got word of a shooting, it took him and others about three hours to round up the rest of their party. He said they heard sirens, planes and helicopters and noticed the surrounding roads blocked off.

"When you're hunting you don't expect somebody to try to shoot you and murder you," he said. "You have no idea who is coming up to you."

The incident won't stop their hunt, Wagner said.

"We're all old, dyed-in-wool hunters," he said. "We wouldn't go home because of this but we will keep it in our minds."

Hawk    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:15:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
that sure takes the fun out of the hunting experience.

Chad K    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:06:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats about 100-120 miles north of me.
I tell you, I'm glad I quit many people with guns at one time for my tastes...

Chad K    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:21:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
they released the guy's name...Chi Vang from St Paul, MN

I'm sure...    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:38:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
He is a native...

Salmoneye, Who has been following this for a few hours now...

JoeK    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:50:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
For several yrs the CStore where I worked was a registration station for deer.It amused us somewhat to see these"immigrant" crews when they arrived in Deer Country.Often in groups of 20 or more,loaded for bear and with the liberalized season buyin tag after tag after tag,and harvesting anything that no longer had spots anywhere they saw it with total disregard to postings,fences,other hunters etc.And of course no one speaks or understands English if a warden shows up or finds em mid day cookin rabbits over a fire in the woods.2yrs back had one bunch come in just before closing,last night of season with 28 deer in the only truck they had,headed back to Chicago in 50 deg temps.Glad I ain't in their meat co-op.

DD    Posted 11-21-2004 at 19:54:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sad indeed : (

JoeK    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:34:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bout 30 mi from here,too many nuts in the woods.

toolman    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:44:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup thats for sure, gettin like a war zone up here now too, fellow mentioned the other day probably be safer in iraq, than in the woods.

JoeK    Posted 11-21-2004 at 20:53:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I know is that if I were going out,I'd see the sheriff and borrow my vest back :(

toolman    Posted 11-21-2004 at 22:00:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
hahaha good idea joe.

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