A Rochester man, charged with killing his sister-in-law while out hunting in Caledonia in November, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Livingston County Court to one count of criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony.
As part of a plea bargain with the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office, John W. Lander, 50, is expected to serve four months of weekends in the Livingston County Jail.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 13.
Lander’s charges stems from an incident that occurred Nov. 27 in which he was participating in a deer drive with a group of fellow hunters.
During the drive, another member of the hunting party fired their gun and Lander began to run toward the sound.
While running, he began to remove his shotgun from where it hung over his shoulder.
While he was doing so, the shotgun fired and struck Lander’s sister-in-law, Sharon Lander, who was behind him.
The incident occurred near the 900 block of River Road in Caledonia.
Sharon Lander was struck in the abdomen. She was declared dead at Strong Memorial Hospital
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Lander’s failure to adhere to the tenets of firearm safety and his negligent actions, including carrying a loaded firearm with the safety off and running with a loaded firearm, resulted in Sharon Lander’s death.
The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work with officers with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to prosecute deer-poaching and other environmental crimes in Livingston County.
In light of Lander’s guilty plea, DEC is reminding hunters of the basic rules of firearm safety. Among the rules are:
1. Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
2. Always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
3. Never point your firearm at anything you don’t wish to kill.
4. Keep your finger off of the trigger and outside the trigger guard of your firearm until you make the conscious decision to shoot.
5. Be sure of your target and what lies beyond it to prevent shooting something unintentionally.
The District Attorney’s Office and DEC are asking the public to report an environmental crime of they witness it or believe an environmental law has been violated.
On the day after Thanksgiving, Brian Powers grabbed his rifle and headed for some land east of Wausau. If not for his cell phone, Powers doubts anyone would believe what happened next. “All of a sudden here comes a deer and he has an orange scarf on. And he just kept walking and I said ‘oh my, he must be somebody’s pet or being fed by someone or being taken care of by somebody.” The color orange is commonly used to alert hunters not to shoot.
It wouldn’t be long before powers discovered he had a new friend. “Right when he got parallel on the logging road to where I was off the road, he stopped and turned and looked right at me and I said, ‘wow this is unbelievable,’ so then I called him over and he walked right in.”
With one hand filming the unlikely encounter, Powers gave the young buck a head rub. After about 10 minutes, the deer wandered off, but that afternoon as Powers was walking out of the woods, he returned, just in time to receive some friendly advice. “Keep your head low man, make sure people see that orange alright,” Powers said to the deer in his video recording. Since posting his video on Youtube, Powers story has spread all over the country.
A woman was fatally shot by a hunter after being mistaken for a deer in north-central Arkansas, authorities said Wednesday.
Searcy County Sheriff Joey Pruitt said the 29-year-old woman died Tuesday in an “apparent hunting accident.” Her name was not released.
It happened in an area west of Marshall, Pruitt said in a statement.
“The victim was not wearing hunter orange and was mistaken for a deer,” the sheriff said.
Authorities also did not identify the shooter.
Pruitt said his agency along with Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Game and Fish
A new Toyota Hilux commercial which attracted backlash on social media will no longer be screened, effective immediately.
Toyota New Zealand made the announcement on Sunday saying the decision reflected feedback from members of the public who had been offended.
In the ad, animals are shown to look forward to death at the hands of hunters if it means they get to ride on the back of a Hilux.
If you wish to see the offending advert, you can watch it here.
Managing director and chief executive officer Alistair Davis said the company apologised for the offence caused. “We’ve listened and we’ll stop screening the ad. The public and in particular Toyota’s customers are the cornerstone of our business and we’ve been closely monitoring the ad’s response and felt the groundswell of detractors was growing.”
Toyota said the animals portrayed in the latest Hilux advertisement were regularly and sustainably hunted and fished except for the possum, which was a familiar pest.
What do you call a war waged on unarmed opponents? Considering the rate and frequency of shooting I’m hearing out there now, there’s a massacre going on. If the victims being slain were human, it would be called mass murder. A pre-dawn ambush. All-out insanity. Evil incarnate.
But to the hunters on opening day annihilating ducks and geese, it’s tradition; harvesting nature; business as usual.
Someone must have signaled “charge” to an entire platoon waiting to attack at dawn, and a mindless barrage of semi-automatic shotgun fire shattered the morning air. Now it’s 7:30 a.m. and only the random explosions break the stillness. The blitzkrieg has been going on steadily for over forty-five minutes—since before first light (sunrise today is officially at 7:35, according to the NOAA weather radio).
I wasn’t sure if the “enemy,” no, “opponent,” no, victims were the elk herd who occasionally visit the neighbor’s hayfield, the stray black-tail deer who keep themselves mostly out of sight around here for fear of poachers, or the ducks and geese who are starting to gather on their customary wintering grounds. Judging by the constant rapid gun fire, the victims must be the “waterfowl” whose “season” started today.
What fresh hell is this? Armageddon for avian kind? Or just another opening day for sport hunters?
MEACHAM — Umatilla County Sheriff’s officials say a man has died after his father apparently shot him while the two were deer hunting.
The East Oregonian reported 47-year-old David Joseph Branze of Gresham was hunting with his father, Louis Neil Branze, and at least two others Wednesday when one of them called to report an accidental shooting.
Deputies say they responded and learned that 76-year-old Louis Branze of Seaside had fired a shot at a deer and apparently struck and killed David Branze. No other members of the hunting party witnessed the incident.
Search and rescue teams found the body, which was in a steep, rugged area. Sheriff Terry Rowan says the two had hunted in the area for about 40 years.
Deputies are investigating.
PORTLAND, Ore. A town in southern Oregon will hold a public meeting to discuss how to deal with droves of fearless deer that wander the streets, occasionally acting aggressively toward residents, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday.
The “Deer Summit 2015” will be chaired on Wednesday by Ashland Mayor John Stromberg as part of efforts to address deer that have stalked people, pawed at them with their hooves and even stomped on small dogs.
The confident deer are a product of a long tradition in the town of 21,000 people of feeding and befriending them, Vargas said.
For the last two or three decades, the black tailed deer have been known to roam into yards and stroll the downtown area of Ashland, which lies in the heavily forested foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains.
“Deer just live there,” Vargas said. “They live amongst all the people and when that happens there’s going to be conflict.”
Stromberg said on the city’s website that he wants to hear from community members with ideas about what to do.
The mayor could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, but city officials have urged residents not to feed the deer, and to put up deer fencing or deer resistant plants.
In a statement, the officials said a recent attack on a homeowner by a deer protecting its fawn was a reminder that locals share their community with all manner of wildlife.
“No matter how cute and seemingly domesticated, these are wild creatures. Their behaviors are unpredictable,” they said on the city’s website.
Vargas said there is no easy solution. Giving the does birth control would be costly and ineffective, he said, and one would have to kill between 40 and 50 deer a year to have an impact that way. Trapping and moving them would just transfer the problem to another community, as the deer have become acclimated to city life, he said.
Vargas encourages people to stop feeding the deer and to yell or make loud noises if they enter their yard.
“In reality we encourage folks, look don’t feed the deer,” he said. “They don’t need food. They don’t need water. If you can, don’t even be friends with them.”
5) If we don’t kill deer they’ll become a traffic hazard.
Two words: Slow the fuck Down. (Sorry, that was four words.)
More animals are hit by cars during hunting season than any other time of year, usually when fleeing from bloodthirsty sportsmen with guns.
4) Hunting teaches respect for wildlife and an appreciation for nature.
Ha! That’s like a serial killer claiming his crimes foster a respect for women. Tracking down and shooting something does not equal respect. Try using a camera or binoculars if you really want to respect them.
Avid bowhunter/serial killer Robert Hansen