Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|A Wisconsin bull elk is shown in a trail cam photo. (Photo: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)|
A deer hunter mistakenly killed two bull elk on Monday in northern Wisconsin, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
The incidents occurred on private property in Rusk County during the state's 2019 nine-day gun deer season, according to the agency.
The hunter, an adult female, reported the shootings to law enforcement officials, said Todd Schaller, DNR chief conservation warden.
The hunter's identify is not being released pending consultation of charges with the Rusk County district attorney, Schaller said.
The elk were described as young bulls.
Elk are typically at least twice as large as white-tailed deer. Elk also feature different coloration and antler shapes than deer.
Schaller said the hunter failed to adhere to one of the cardinal rules of hunter safety - to be sure of the target.
Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/outdoors/2019/11/29/hunter-mistakenly-kills-two-bull-elk-northern-wisconsin/4332050002/
Drunken fools with high powered rifles.