After seeking the public’s help, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said the shooter in the gun deer hunting incident in Washburn County has been identified.
The DNR said on Sunday, Nov. 24, that an adult male had been shot while deer hunting in Washburn County around 11 a.m. that day.
The DNR’s Bureau of Law Enforcement was looking for information regarding individuals or groups who would have been hunting around 11 a.m. on Nov. 24, in the block of Washburn County land in Minong Township bordered by these roads: East Sleepy Eye Road, south of Sleepy Eye Fire Land, north of Nancy Lake Road and west of CCC Road.
The DNR said anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, may confidentially relay their information by text, phone call or online to the WDNR Violation Hotline at 800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.
On late Monday, Nov. 25, the DNR said the shooter had been identified, thanks to help from the public. The shooter’s name will not be released at this time and the investigation is ongoing, the DNR said.
The victim was hospitalized and was expected to make a full recovery.
Three other hunting incidents
The three other hunting incidents known by late afternoon on November 24 occurred in Oneida, Fond du Lac and Marathon counties. All occurred on opening day, Nov. 23:
• In Oneida and Marathon counties, the two separate incidents involved hunters who discharged their firearms, striking their left feet. The Oneida County incident involved a 38-year-old male and a 29-year-old female in Marathon County.
• In Fond du Lac County, a hunter shot toward a running deer and struck a 19-year-old female in the left hand.