Hunter’s body found in Fertile, Minn. field

FERTILE, Minn. — A body of a man who had been hunting was found in a rural Fertile, Minn., field Tuesday night, a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Timothy Leon Berhow, 66, of Grand Forks, N.D., was found just before 8:30 p.m. in a field where he had been hunting, the release said.

The sheriff’s office transported Berhow’s body to the University of North Dakota forensic medical examiner for an autopsy. The release said no foul play is suspected.

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At first glance, the headline (above) leads you believe that maybe a hunter will finally serve a purpose, not in life, but as his body decays into the fertile Earth where he died (for whatever reason).

The more cynical of you may be thinking something like, ‘Ugh, get the smelly hunter’s body out of the nice fertile field, so the rotting cascass doesn’t exude toxins in the form of cheap beer, aftershave, fried pork rinds and chewing tobacco.’

Since no foul play is suspected, it’s a shame the sheriff’s office burned the carbon to transport the body to the University of North Dakota for an autopsy.

 

 

Wild boar turns tables on French hunters, wounding two

The men were injured when the animal turned and attacked, leaving one of them in critical condition. A debate over hunting has continued to gain momentum in France due to the high number of humans being killed.

    
A wild boar in a wood

Two hunters were injured in the western French region of Loire-Atlantique on Wednesday when the wild boar they were hunting turned and attacked them. One of the men was rushed to hospital for treatment and remains in critical condition. The animal is said to have weighed 100 kilos (220 pounds).

Wild boar are known as ferocious creatures made all the more dangerous by their swiftness, low center of gravity, muscular shoulders and sharp tusks — which they can use to tear open a hunter’s leg, causing severe bleeding.

The incident was the latest in an ongoing series of serious hunting accidents in France. The frequency and severity of those accidents has sparked fierce debate over hunting practices in the country. Critics point to lax laws governing the sport as well as the ease with which a license can be obtained.

France’s national hunting and wildlife agency ONCFS said that about 115 people had been injured in hunting accidents as of June 1, 2018. The agency said that roughly 85 percent of those injured were hunters and that 13 people had died from their injuries. Three of the deceased were not hunters.

Wild boar in snowy forest The boars can be found across Europe’s forests

Not just animals being killed

The grim statistic rose last weekend when a 34-year-old Welsh mountain biker living in France was shot in the chest while riding on a well-marked trail in the French Alps. The man, Marc Sutton, died from his injuries. The 22-year-old who shot him was hospitalized for shock and may face charges for aggravated manslaughter.

Two weeks ago another man in the same region was sentenced to one year in jail after being convicted of accidentally killing a runner with a single bullet to the head. Critics have demanded tighter regulations on hunting in populated areas or those popular with non-hunting outdoor enthusiasts.

Controversial outside France as well

Hunting is not only a controversial topic in France. Recently an American TV host drew anger from residents in Scotland after she posted several pictures of herself with animals that she shot and killed across the country, among them, a wild goat on the island of Islay.

Local Parliamentarian Michael Russel responded to Larysa Switlk’s post by condemning the practice of hunting goats in Scotland, calling for it to be “stopped immediately.” He specifically criticized tourism companies offering hunters the chance to stalk and kill wild goats, which others call an invasive species.

Michael Russell

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As the local member of @ScotParl I am raising this as a matter of urgency with @strathearnrose – if this is actually happening on , and laid on by some sort of tour company I would want to see it stopped immediately

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Congrats on Jason on his gold medal 🥇 goat here in Scotland on Islay. A unique hunt, email larysa@detailcompany.com for more information ! https://ift.tt/2OIx7uh 

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Monroeville man dies in apparent accident while hunting

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/Law-Enforcement/2018/10/24/Man-dies-in-apparent-hunting-accident.html?ci=stream&lp=6&p=1

BY TANDEM MEDIA NETWORK • YESTERDAY AT 11:39 AM 
OXFORD TWP. — Authorities said they found a hunter dead Sunday after his family reported him missing.

Deputies found the body of Theodore “Ted” Wensink, 48, of Wood Road in Monroeville, near Taft and Mason roads at about 8:30 p.m., according to an Erie County Sheriff’s Office report.

A family member contacted the sheriff’s office after Wensink had been “overdue” from a hunting trip he took that day, alone, and said no one had seen or heard from him, the report states.

Deputies searched the woods and found Wensink’s body at the bottom of a tree, about 30 feet beneath a hunters’ tree stand, which appeared to have collapsed, according to the report. Wensink had a visible injury to his head.

Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said authorities are still investigating the death and preliminary autopsy results will be available soon.

Wensink graduated from Perkins High School in 1988 and attended The Ohio State University for mechanical engineering, according to his obituary. He worked as a design engineer in Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana before he returned to Ohio to work at his family’s seed farm in Oxford Township — fulfilling his lifelong dream of working on the farm founded by his great-grandfather.

He was a 4-H advisor and superintendent of a llama club. In Erie County, Wensink was a volunteer with the Erie County Fair, particularly with the Oxford Hustler 4-H club.

“His humor and kindness will be missed by all who knew him,” his obituary states.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer, whom he married Nov. 18, 1995; their two sons, Jeremy and Timmy; parents, Richard and Kay Wensink; two brothers, Christopher (Liana) and Neil (Kate); nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery.

 

Two hunters rescued in Beaverhead County by helicopter after ATV accidents

 

 

https://mtstandard.com/news/local/two-hunters-rescued-in-beaverhead-county-by-helicopter-after-atv/article_4bfee70f-3234-55de-adb4-fdd5571cff2e.htm

Two hunters rescued in Beaverhead County
The Blackhawk helicopter used to rescue a hunter in Beaverhead County is seen here.

Two hunters have been rescued in Beaverhead County after serious ATV accidents around the opening of general hunting season. Both rescues involved helicopters, one from the Montana Army National Guard and one from Life Flight.

According to Sheriff Franklin Kluesner II, the first call came in Friday at 12:27 p.m. The caller said his 58-year-old brother was unable to move after an ATV accident in the south end of the Gravelly Mountains. The men were scouting hunting areas for the next day when the accident occurred, Kluesner said. The caller hiked about a mile and a half from his brother to find cell service.

Kluesner said his office was able to help the caller determine his location coordinates through a cell phone app, which showed he was near Fossil Creek, over 60 miles southeast of Dillon — a two or more hour drive for emergency vehicles.

After learning their location, Kluesner said Life Flight was requested and a helicopter was dispatched from Rexburg, Idaho. Ground support was also dispatched, including a local search and rescue team and an ambulance from Lima.

About 90 minutes after receiving the call for help, the injured man was transported via Life Flight to a hospital. Kluesner believes the man is from North Dakota and is at a hospital in Bozeman as of Wednesday afternoon, with serious injuries.

Two days later, Kluesner’s office received three more search and rescue calls within a few-hour time frame. One was from a woman concerned about her husband, who returned back to his camp shortly after she called; another was from a group of people whose truck slid off of a road west of Lima, and were assisted by Bureau of Land Management rangers in the area; and a third resulted in a full deployment of local search and rescue volunteers, along with assistance from the Montana Army National Guard.

Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman who said she hadn’t heard from her 69-year-old husband since Saturday afternoon. The woman told law enforcement she had driven to his campsite Sunday morning, about 15 miles south of Dillon, but did not find him or his ATV. The man had planned to hunt in the area.

Kluesner said after his office spoke with the woman, Beaverhead Search and Rescue volunteers began a ground search for her husband while aircraft searched overhead. The hunter was not located on Sunday.

An expanded search resumed early Monday. At this time, Kluesner’s office looked at what other resources they had available. The search and rescue team decided to call the Montana Army National Guard, which promptly deployed a five-person crew via Blackhawk helicopter from Helena. The helicopter arrived in the area around noon.

At 1:30 p.m., the ground crew located the missing hunter, who had spent 44 hours pinned beneath his upside-down ATV in a ravine. The crew called the National Guard helicopter, which landed in the area, stabilized the man and transported him to Barrett Hospital and Healthcare in Dillon. Kluesner said the man is now at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula with serious injuries.

In the last four years Kluesner has been sheriff, he said he’s seen a steady increase of ATV use in Beaverhead County. This has also led to an increase in accidents.

“We have a lot of areas where you can still use four-wheelers and side-by-sides, which have become very popular,” Kluesner said. “But they aren’t that stable and do have the potential to cause real serious injuries.”

Kluesner went on to say these injuries are especially concerning when hunters and other recreationists ride into the backcountry, where they become harder to reach and there is little to no cell service. He said his office was extremely lucky to have access to Life Flight and Montana Army National Guard teams to rescue the two injured hunters, and he is proud of the collaboration that went into finding them.

“Helicopters are invaluable in these situations. They (helicopter flights) are expensive endeavors, but there’s no price you can put on a human life,” Kluesner said.

 

Fatal hunting accident in Green Lake County after high winds capsize boat

https://www.wtmj.com/news/fatal-hunting-accident-in-green-lake-county-after-high-winds-capsize-boat

MARQUETTE, Wis. (AP) – A man has died after his duck-hunting boat capsized in high winds on the Fox River.

The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office says authorities searched for the 52-year-old Princeton man near Puckaway Lake in the Town of Marquette and found his body in the water around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say the man was duck hunting with a Berlin man and a dog when high winds overturned the boat and threw the men into the water.

The Berlin man made it to shore with the dog and called 911.

The Oshkosh Northwestern reports the sheriff’s office will release the victim’s name after notifying family members.

Teen shot while duck hunting

 

 

http://www.marshallindependent.com/news/local-news/2018/09/teen-shot-while-duck-hunting/

RUSSELL — A 14-year-old boy sustained gunshot injuries while duck hunting near Russell over the weekend, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reported.

While the Sheriff’s Office did not release information on the boy’s identity or condition, Sheriff Mark Mather said the incident was determined a hunting accident. The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 6:46 a.m. Sunday for a juvenile hunter who was shot by another juvenile hunter, about a mile north of Rock Lake near Russell. The boy was shot in the stomach and hand, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Mather said the victim was in stable condition when officers arrived at the scene. He was flown to Sioux Falls for medical treatment, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Responders at the scene of the accident included the Balaton Ambulance, Russell First Responders and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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MAN SHOT IN APPARENT HUNTING ACCIDENT NEAR CARRIZO PLAIN

Near Caliente Mountain above Selby Campground in the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Near Caliente Mountain above Selby Campground in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Monica Vaughan mvaughan@thetribunenews.com

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/state/article218365750.html

September 13, 2018 04:17 PM

Updated September 13, 2018 05:23 PM

Nunavut hunter killed by polar bear and cub; 5 bears destroyed following attack

 

A polar bear walks over sea ice floating in the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. RCMP say a hunter died after a polar bear attack near Naujaat, Nunavut. (David Goldman/Canadian Press)

A man from Nunavut has been killed in a polar bear attack, according to officials.

He was attacked by a mother polar bear and her cub, said Solomon Malliki, the mayor of Naujaat, the northern community from which the man and two other hunters set out last week.

The other hunters were injured in the attack.

The mother and cub were destroyed at the scene, Malliki said, as were three other bears who were attracted to the area in the following days.

The hunters were victims of a polar bear attack.– RCMP news release

“It was a heavy burden to share the sad news with our community,” Malliki told CBC News, in Inuktitut.

It was not immediately clear when the attack happened.

“One of the hunters was deceased and the two others had minor injuries,” the RCMP said in a statement. “The initial investigation has revealed that the hunters were victims of a polar bear attack.”

The three hunters left Naujaat last week to go caribou and narwhal hunting, according the RCMP. They didn’t return on Thursday as planned and were reported overdue on Sunday.

Malliki said they’d been hampered by bad weather and mechanical problems.

On Monday, the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., organized a search and rescue mission with Nunavut authorities and local community searchers.

A Hercules aircraft and multiple boats from Naujaat began searching, the statement said, but the team was not able to reach the location where they believed the hunters were, because ice was blocking their path.

Earlier Tuesday, a second Hercules aircraft and a coast guard icebreaker, CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, joined the search effort.

The hunters were found on White Island, near Naujaat. Naujaat, formerly known as Repulse Bay, is a community of about 1,080 on the shores of Hudson Bay. (CBC)

The men were located on White Island, some 100 kilometres southeast of Naujaat, by the icebreaker’s helicopter, according to a spokesperson for the coast guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“We are saddened by this incident and send our thoughts and condolences to the families involved,” said Lauren Solski in an email.

The name of the dead man has not been released.

2nd fatal attack

The RCMP said they’re investigating with the assistance of the chief coroner, and the Nunavut Department of Environment has been notified of the attack.

Naujaat, formerly known as Repulse Bay, is a community of about 1,080 on the shore of Hudson Bay.

This is the second fatal polar bear attack in Nunavut this summer. Aaron Gibbons, 31, was unarmed when he encountered a bear near Arviat in July. Community members said Gibbons was with his children at the time and put himself between them and the bear.

UPDATE: More info on shooting accident

Image source: Midwest Communications
Image source: Midwest Communications

UNION TOWNSHIP, MI (WTVB) – While a Wednesday night shooting incident in Branch County’s Union Township is still under investigation, Michigan State Police have pretty much determined it was a hunting accident.

The incident was reported at about 9:20 p.m..

After their initial investigation, troopers at the Marshall Post are now reporting it happened as two friends were trying to thin out varmints near Hodunk Road south of Sullivan Road, and that the shot did not come from a nearby residence.

Troopers say one of the hunters was lying down in a field when the other mistakenly thought he was wildlife and fired a small 22 caliber rifle.

They say the man who was shot was not wearing any orange high visibility clothing. He was airlifted from the scene to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

The names of the persons involved have not been released.

Michigan State Police were assisted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, LifeCare Ambulance and the Union City Fire Department.

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Man who shot teen dead in hunting accident 22 years ago loses firearms licence bid

Tuatapere man Brendon Diack ouside the the Invercargill District Court ahead of his unsuccessful bid to get his firearms ...

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/105296043/Man-who-shot-teen-dead-in-hunting-accident-22-years-ago-loses-firearms-licence-bid

Tuatapere man Brendon Diack ouside the the Invercargill District Court ahead of his unsuccessful bid to get his firearms licence back on Friday.

A Southland man who shot a teenager dead in a hunting accident 22 years ago has lost his bid to get his firearms licence back.

Brendon Diack took police to court in Invercargill on Friday, appealing a 2015 decision to refuse him a firearms licence.

In 1996, Diack admitted to a charge of careless use of a firearm causing 16-year-old Mark Whyte’s death at Tuatapere and was sentenced to two months’ jail and fined $3000.

He also lost his firearms licence at that time.

During Friday’s hearing, Diack said he had applied for his firearms licence “five or six times” since 1996, but to no avail.

A hunter for years before the tragedy, he now wanted to go hunting with his sons and pass on his knowledge, he said.

Judge Mark Callaghan refused Diack’s bid to get his licence back, pointing to the 1996 tragedy and two incidents in 2013 and 2014 to show Diack was not a fit and proper person to hold a firearms licence.

In 2013 Diack, who had a $300,000 a year contracting business, hit a man on the chin who owed him $300; and in 2014 he dug up  gravel he had laid for another client because he was owed $500, the judge said.

His actions, 17 years after the fatal shooting, were irrational and violent and showed he had not learned how to control his aggression, the judge said.

Diack was “possibly a risk to others if he had access to firearms”.

“His actions in 2013 and 2014 indicates he can’t control himself properly and in my view he isn’t a fit and proper person to hold a firearms licence.”

Earlier in the hearing, Diack said there had been a lot of angst in the community since the 1996 tragedy but he believed a lot of people had moved on except for Mark Whyte’s family.

“Jimmy and Shirley [Mark’s parents] are going to hate me for the rest of my days for what I done to their son, I am sorry about that.”

No-one went hunting with the intention of shooting a person, he said.

When people asked him about the incident he always sat down and talked about it and “believe it or not it still brings a tear to my eye … because it’s tragic.”

Apart from wanting to go hunting with his sons, he also wanted his licence back because it gave him the opportunity to speak with different hunters who were on the same page and he wanted to do trap shooting again, he said.

After the accident he had still gone out with hunters “videoing”, but it wasn’t the same, he said.

His lawyer, John Fraser said Diack was an honest and hard working man who in 1996 made a fatal error with a rifle.

Since that time, Diack had managed a business and had a stable home life, Fraser said.

Diack is the Tuatapere fire station chief which Fraser suggested would not be the case without the support of a large number of firefighters and a significant vetting process.

Fraser said the 2013 and 2014 incidents were minor and out of character for Diack and they did not demonstrate a pattern of  behaviour.

However, police lawyer Sarah McKenzie said the offences in 2013 and 2014 tainted Diack’s character when coupled with the the 1996 fatal shooting.

Southland police area commander inspector Joel Lamb said he had spoken to police officers in Tuatapere and they had expressed concern about the feelings in the community if Diack were to be granted a firearms licence.

Lamb said the major reason police had refused Diack’s application for a firearms application was due to the 1996 shooting.

He didn’t accept the incidents in 2013 and 2014 were minor.

“Incidents involving violence aren’t minor.”

A long-time mate of Diack’s, John Munro, said he did not get the feeling the Tuatapere community was divided over the 1996 shooting.

Diack was a respected member of the community and it was not in his nature to be aggressive, Munro said.