By Tim Kowols
Last week marked the first time in several years Kewaunee County had two wardens on duty from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In addition to local mainstay Dave Allen, warden Jimmy Moore marked his first hunting season in Kewaunee County since being assigned to the area by the DNR. While it is important to self-police yourself during time spent outdoors, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says Allen and Moore are great resources.
This year’s gun deer season was one of the safest on record, but Joski still expressed some disappointment in some of the decisions hunters made that are considered to be illegal such as shooting from the road. You can read the rest of Sheriff Matt Joski’s article online with this story.
FROM SHERIFF MATT JOSKI
The 2018 Gun Deer Season is now in the books and by all accounts, it appears to have been a successful hunt for many of those who participated. Thank you to all the hunters for making this another safe season. I would like to say that the gun deer season was without any issues; however that would not be accurate. While most of our hunters were able to engage in this popular tradition while staying within the guidelines of state regulations, some felt the need to engage in behavior which not only violates the law, but puts themselves as well as other members of our community at risk. While I am not a big hunter and have not harvested a deer since the late eighties, I know without a doubt that no deer regardless of size or rack configuration is worth jeopardizing the safety of others to obtain.
We are very fortunate to have had Warden Dave Allen as our local Warden for many years and even more fortunate that he has been joined by Warden Jimmy Moore who has recently been assigned to Kewaunee County. While these two gentlemen are great resources, they cannot cover an entire county with their presence at all times. It remains up to each of us as citizens to self police our own actions as well as to hold those accountable who would violate our laws and in doing so compromise the safety of our community. If you do observe any violations related to any of our hunting seasons, please feel free to call the DNR tip line at -800-TIP-WDNR.
Over the years the need to adhere to safe hunting practices has always been important, even when our area was limited to the use of shotguns during the deer season. With the addition of rifle use in Kewaunee County these safety precautions become that much more relevant as both the travel distance as well as penetration potential increases greatly.
I would ask that in planning for next year’s hunt, careful consideration is given to past practices and whether or not those practices are in fact prudent and whether or not those practices add to the safety of our community or detract from it. These are questions we should be asking ourselves to prevent a tragedy and not in response to one. We are better than that!
As for the impact on our car deer accidents, I did run a data check as of Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM and we are now tied with 2017 for car deer accidents to date at 412. Please drive carefully, maintain proper distance and stay alert!