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Wisconsin sees first shooting death of deer hunter in three years


SPARTA, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has recorded its first shooting death of a deer hunter in three years.

Officials at Fort McCoy said 22-year-old Thomas Stamborski of Milwaukee was found dead of a gunshot wound, in a designated hunting area of the Army base near Sparta.

The incident happened on Saturday.

The fort said the victim was a civilian who was not connected with the Defense Department. The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is investigating.

Fort McCoy officials said they issued 2,000 permits on 46,000 acres of land that were opened to deer hunting.

The DNR had gone two straight years without a hunter being shot to death – the first time that’s ever happened. Only 3 November gun seasons in the last 160 years did not have a fatal shooting in Wisconsin. 

At least three hunters died during this season’s opening weekend. The other two were reported earlier. 51-year-old Shaun Lemanski of Green Bay died after he fell from a tree-stand in the Marathon County town of Cassel west of Wausau.

And 51-year-old Steven Jackson of Antigo – the head of the Langlade County Forestry Department – was found unresponsive Saturday evening in a wooded area near Gleason.

Foul play has been ruled out, but the death is still being investigated.