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Christmas Eve fatality mars hunting season

Jan. 1, 2011

From a safety perspective, the 2010 Wisconsin hunting season will be remembered for a fatality-free gun deer season in November - the first since 1974 - but also for a tragic Christmas Eve incident that killed a hunter in Rock County.

For the year, the Department of Natural Resources recorded 32 shooting incidents, including the one fatality.

The year will end with a worse safety record than 2009. In 2009, the state recorded 18 shooting incidents, including one fatality.

Tim Lawhern, hunter education administrator for the DNR, was crestfallen by the news of the Dec. 24 incident.

"It's sad, just sad," Lawhern said. "We always strive for a fatality-free season. Like with all incidents, regardless of the extent of the injury, we feel for the family and friends of those involved." .

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