Young Wisconsin hunter shoots two deer – fortunately legally
News of a deer hunter, 10 at the time, killing two deer with one shot, was reported statewide during the 2015 gun deer season.
From the father, his hunting son, and editorial comments and questions by reporters and anchors, this was looked upon as a very lucky, and maybe a positive, hunting incident of which one should be proud.
Because the father had an appropriate tag, and because Wisconsin has a group hunting law, everything turned out safe and legal.
Looking back, I believe the father should have remained silent and not boasted about the incident. It was a great teaching moment for this father and the boy he was mentoring.
Recall, if you will, the hunter education mantra “know your target and beyond.” Sometimes hunters, and others, are struck by “stray” bullets. Three hunters died of gun shots this season, and presumably most, or all, of those incidents were due to hunters breaking one of the four rules of proper gun safety.
Also know that hunters (deer, turkey and other game) have been cited in similar incidents in those cases where group bagging does not exist and where there is not a second hunter nearby. If bag limits permit, I suppose there is nothing wrong with lining up two turkeys to get both with one shot (assuming the hunter has two tags).
The son should not be called out, but the father should have explained why this is not a newsworthy or honorary thing to have happen.
The media should also have been called out for reporting this incident in such a light-hearted, feel-good way.
One reporter went so far as to ask the lad if he might attempt to get three deer with a single shot next season.
This is one deer hunting story that should have remained between the hunter and his mentor.