October 29, 2013
Man Shoots at Duck Hunters
By Phil Bourjaily
Two Wisconsin duck hunters, David Reichenberger and Levi Johnston, were hunting a marsh in Barron County when a man with a .410 opened fire, KSTP.com reports. Having already harangued the hunters, Van Hawkinson began shooting his .410 to frighten ducks. Hawkinson claims he was shooting in the air at a 45 degree angle. The hunters say he was shooting close enough to frighten them.
You can hear both sides of the story and make up your mind, but it seems Hawkinson got off pretty easily, given that he was harassing hunters, probably trespassing, and, possibly, shooting closer to Reichenberger and Johnston than he will admit.