It's all about tradition here in WI. Every year 1 or 2 hunters mistakes an Elk for a deer too. Part of the reason I no longer rifle hunt in WI is because of our public land mentality. A lot of party hunts and deer drives. We have more than our fair share of wasted deer too. Not hard to find gutshot deer rotting in a creek. We've even found deer carcasses used as target practice and left to rot.Two days later another couple hunters with Wisconsin
Just saw this article. Doesn't surprise me one bit after what happened to us. I really don't have anything against non resident hunters coming to Montana as long as they follow the rules and behave ethically. In fact, for the most part I find that non resident big game hunters tend to be better behaved than a lot of locals.
An 11-year-old boy was fatally shot during the opening weekend of Wisconsin's gun-deer season. It was one of six shootings so far during the annual nine-day season.www.wpr.org
I do think that we have more incidents like this in the upper midwest due to the fact that most states here only have a 1 week rifle season where upwards of half a million hunters are cramming their season into one opening weekend. It does get a little crazy out here with the opening weekend party mentality and I do get pretty disgusted with it sometimes. We also have a saying around here that everyone is best friends with their neighbor until deer season.
I will say though, that probably 95% of all hunters here are ethical and usually pleasant to deal with. Just like anywhere else, it's the 5% that ruin it for everyone and leave that lasting "bastard non-resident/ yahoo road hunter / drunk a**hole" impression. I will also say that in all of the states I have hunted, I have seen just as many, if not more residents doing things equally as dumb or head scratching as NR's.