DNR Publicity Campaign Launched As Result Of Sawyer County Killings

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will air public service announcements this fall that are a direct result of the fatal shooting of six deer hunters last year.

The 30-second spots will remind hunters to know for sure where they're hunting so they can avoid trespassing -- and to avoid conflicts by reporting trouble to law enforcement officials.

Chai Vang was convicted of killing the six hunters and wounding two others in Sawyer County after they confronted him about trespassing on their land.

D-N-R Hmong liaison officer Kou Xiong says there's more interest in recent months from Hmong hunters to take the agency's hunter education class. Xiong taught five classes with more than 120 students, double the number of students a year ago.

D-N-R licensing director Diane Brookbank says the number of archery and gun licenses sold so far to hunt deer this fall is down only slightly compared with the same time a year ago. And Brookbank says that could be due to the four dollar increase in license fees.

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