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Man shot by fellow deer hunter released from hospital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 19:09

Victim was participating in Fredonia deer drive when he was hit by rifle bullet

    A 53-year-old man has been released from the hospital after being accidentally shot by a member of his deer hunting party in the Town of Fredonia last week, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Lt. Juan Gomez said.
    Anthony Montella of Random Lake, one of five hunters participating in a deer drive on private land off Oriole Lane north of Jay Road, was seriously wounded by a rifle bullet that struck him in the left thigh just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, Gomez said.
    During a deer drive, some hunters flush deer out of the woods and brush while others stand by to shoot the animals.
    Montella was shot after a deer was flushed and multiple hunters fired at the animal, which was struck and killed. Gomez said while final range calculations are pending, he estimates the bullet that hit Montella was fired from between 100 and 150 yards away.
    Gomez said the bullet was either a .308 caliber or .30-06, both high-velocity rounds typically used for deer hunting.
    “There were a number of shots fired,” he said. “I’m 99% sure who fired the shot, but  there’s a few details to confirm yet.”
    After Montella was shot, his fellow hunters applied a tourniquet to his leg and called for help.
    A Waubeka Fire Department ambulance crew and Port Washington Fire Department paramedics arrived to treat Montella, who was flown by a Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
    Gomez, who did not release the names of the other hunters in Montella’s group, said there is no question the shooting was an accident. But the results of the DNR investigation will be submitted to the Ozaukee County District Attorney’s office “just to see what their take on it is,” he added.
    Montella was one of seven hunters who were accidentally shot in Wisconsin, and the only one in Ozaukee County, during the nine-day gun deer hunting season that ended Sunday, Nov. 26. Five of those hunters shot themselves, according to the DNR. Daily Press