Taylor County Hunting Close Calls 11/30/16
While the Wisconsin 9 day gun deer hunting for 2016 registered no fatalities, there were several “close calls” in Taylor County.
Saturday afternoon officers were informed that a large hunting party was doing a deer drive in Western Taylor County when one of their party members was struck by a bullet. The deputy report indicated that a 16 year old male hunter had been shot while hunting on Ness Road between Gilman and Thorp. The youth’s injuries required him to be airlifted from Victory Medical to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. The report indicated that the victim was in town from Wyoming visiting his father.
Sunday morning at 9:00 Jennifer Hartl called the dispatch center to report that she was sleeping with her 3 children when a bullet entered the room of their home which they were in. Mrs. Hartl indicated there were hunters in the field and she yelled at them out the door. The sheriff’s report indicates that the bullet recovered from the residence was suspected to be from a .270 caliber rifle after a comparison of each hunter’s weapon was completed by DNR and law enforcement officers. The report indicated that a citation was issued to the hunter for reckless use of a weapon.
As the involved hunters were being interviewed, dispatch received a report of a hunter who had been wounded in western Taylor County, town of Pershing. The preliminary call indicated that a hunter had been shot in the head. The incident occurred on South Pond Road by Rued Road. A second call indicated that the victim’s injury was a graze wound only and the victim did not request an ambulance. Officers were told that a bullet went through the back window of a pickup and grazed the head of a passenger Alex Tappe. Preliminary reports indicate that a female juvenile was standing on a road when she shot at deer. She stated she did not see any vehicles or people when she shot according to the deputy report.
The 4th close call occurred later in the week in eastern Taylor County, at the Inn Between Bar of Goodrich, at 5:30 Friday morning while preparing for a hunt in the basement, an adult man was attempting to put on his shoulder holster when a fully loaded .357 pistol fell from the holster. Upon striking the floor, the pistol discharged and a bullet went through a chair and struck a youth in the buttocks while he was sitting in the nearby chair. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Agencies involved with investigating and assisting at these incidents include the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin DNR officials, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Taylor County Ambulance.