A Wisconsin man has been cited for violating a state statute after he shot an elk throughout a roadway in the course of the state’s inaugural elk hunt.
Joe Wiltzius, 73, of Franklin, was charged with illegally capturing the primary bull elk of the season by the Division of Pure Sources (DNR), the Journal Sentinel studies.
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The person was reportedly looking with a information and a buddy on Oct. 15 when, round three:30 pm, he fired throughout the road from 100 yards away.
Based on the Sentinel, the boys dragged the elk into the woods to intestine it and phoned a DNR biologist to confirm the kill and take samples.
Dave Zebro, DNR warden supervisor, instructed the Sentinel the boys have been interviewed and an investigation was opened into the hunt, which revealed Wiltzius had damaged legal guidelines, together with capturing throughout a roadway and looking inside 50 toes of the middle line of a roadway. He might also face a $2,000 wild animal surcharge for the kill.
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The cover and antlers of the elk have been seized by the DNR. The venison shall be held till the case is set, after which will seemingly be donated to a meals pantry, the Sentinel studies.
The buddy and information haven’t been charged, however the information could lose his license.
Wiltzius was one in every of 5 non-tribal hunters within the state to obtain tags by way of the DNR lottery for the first-ever regulated elk season. 5 different tags have been reserved for members of Wisconsin’s Native American tribes.
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The state determined to open the hunt this 12 months as a result of the inhabitants of elk exceeded 200 — the state requirement for a restricted bull hunt.
The DNR obtained round 38,000 functions and $13,000 in donations for the hunt, the Sentinel studies.
“Many companions and people contributed to this nice conservation story in Wisconsin, which allowed us to carry this primary hunt,” Schaller stated to the Sentinel. “The state is devoted to making sure looking legal guidelines are honored to ensure it’s a truthful and secure hunt, and this case is a mirrored image of that.”
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The state’s elk season will by way of Nov. 11., after which from Dec. 13 to Dec. 21.