A man who allegedly shot a deer from the roadway during the 2020 Wisconsin gun-deer season is facing two misdemeanor charges of discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a building, according to a complaint filed Aug. 24 in Barron County Circuit Court.

The defendant is identified as Gary G. Hurtis, 66, of New Auburn.

On Sunday, Nov. 21, 2020, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources game warden was informed that someone had taken a shot from the roadway near the intersection of Sixth Avenue – 5-3/4 Avenue and 26-1/2 Street, in the town of Dovre, about a mile southeast of the city of Chetek.

A citizen who called in the complaint met the warden and showed him photos the citizen had taken. The complaint said the photos showed a man and woman unsuccessfully trying to load a deer into the back of a pickup truck. The photo also showed the license number of the pickup.

The witness said earlier that day, there was “a single, loud gunshot extremely close” to their property.

In a later interview with the warden, the defendant allegedly admitted to using a .270 rifle to shoot a buck in the 2600 block of Sixth Avenue – 5-3/4 Avenue. The warden reported the shot was fired within 55 yards of one home at the location and 43 yards from a second home.

The defendant allegedly admitted that he didn’t have permission from either homeowner to hunt or to be on their property.

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