Is a masked gunman targeting hunters in Wisconsin’s forests? It’s just one incident, but local authorities are taking it seriously…

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Evidence at the scene confirms the story of a hunter who said a masked man took a shot at him Saturday, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves says. “…Graves called the incident highly unusual. A father and son from Waukesha County were hunting deer and wearing blaze orange when the father saw someone wearing a hunter’s facemask and wearing camouflage or similar clothing shoot at him with a handgun. The gunman shot once, and the shot was close enough that the hunter decided to shoot back with his .30 caliber rife, Graves said. “He was pretty sure it was directed at him,” Graves said.
“The incident occurred at about 8:25 a.m. near the Walworth-Jefferson county line near Bluff and Tamarack Roads in Walworth County. The hunters were not injured. It’s unknown if the person with the handgun was injured, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Deputies from Jefferson County started cordoning off parts of the Kettle Moraine State Forest as soon as six-and-a-half minutes after the call came in, Graves said. Walworth County deputies, including the SWAT and K9 teams, were called out. A helicopter and several dog teams later joined the search, but the gunman managed to disappear.”_

While the incident is creepy and definitely scary, it does bring up an interesting question: are the woods truly getting more dangerous? With the rise in marijuana cultivation on public land, as well as an increasing number of illicit drug manufacturing operations like meth labs being discovered in those same areas, do you now feel more threatened when you hunt public land than you used to? Has anything like this ever happened to you?