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Felons buying deer hunting licenses even though they canít own guns
New Richmond News ^ | 10-31-07

Posted on 10/31/2007 4:47:59 PM PDT by SJackson

At least 77 felons bought Wisconsin deer hunting licenses last year even though it’s illegal for them to ever have guns.

The actual number is probably a lot higher.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says only one in five hunters allow their names to be released, which means the paper could only check the criminal records of a relative few.

The Department of Natural Resources picks up few of those felons. Only about 20 were caught last year.


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1 posted on 10/31/2007 4:48:00 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Maybe they bowhunt? I think a felon can own a bow...........


2 posted on 10/31/2007 4:48:53 PM PDT by Panzerfaust
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To: SJackson

Photoshoot.


3 posted on 10/31/2007 4:49:28 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: SJackson

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4 posted on 10/31/2007 4:51:14 PM PDT by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: SJackson

sounds like a re-sell operation..........


5 posted on 10/31/2007 4:51:59 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
If you'd like to be on or off this Upper Midwest/outdoors/rural list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.

As usual, someone on FR will probably know, but this doesn't smell right to me. I was under the impression that the databases were already connected, and that a felon could no more buy a license than someone who hadn't attended hunting school. Maybe that's only when they set up the initial account with the DNR.

The more serious crime is firearm possession, not the license purchase, if this really is a problem the state can take $500m from somewhere else.

The complete article, turns out I didn't need to excerpt.

At least 77 felons bought Wisconsin deer hunting licenses last year even though it’s illegal for them to ever have guns.

The actual number is probably a lot higher.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says only one in five hunters allow their names to be released, which means the paper could only check the criminal records of a relative few.

The Department of Natural Resources picks up few of those felons. Only about 20 were caught last year.

At least 600 felons were documented to buy sporting licenses, which may or may not involve the use of guns.

It’s not against the law for felons to get gun-deer licenses, but it is a crime to use them.

Armed robbers and rapists were among those in the woods last year, creating possible tension and maybe violence.

Rep. Terry Musser, R-Black River Falls, agrees. He says he’ll introduce a bill next month to require criminal background checks for the hundreds of thousands who buy deer licenses.

A similar effort failed six years ago when the DNR said it would have cost a half-million dollars just to upgrade the necessary computers.

6 posted on 10/31/2007 4:52:20 PM PDT by SJackson (every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, none to make him afraid,)
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Don’t need firearms to hunt deer, although a license is necessary.


7 posted on 10/31/2007 4:52:31 PM PDT by RightWhale (anti-razors are pro-life)
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To: SJackson
"The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says only one in five hunters allow their names to be released"

I bet that ratio changes now this article's out.

8 posted on 10/31/2007 4:52:46 PM PDT by joebuck
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hmmm, could they just buy the deertag and then have someone else shoot it.....I mean the tag really is just a harvest tax.


9 posted on 10/31/2007 4:53:36 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: SJackson

I think in most states felon can hunt with black powder


10 posted on 10/31/2007 4:54:53 PM PDT by sure_fine (ē " not one to over kill the thought process " ē)
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To: SJackson

he’ll introduce a bill next month to require criminal background checks for the hundreds of thousands who buy deer licenses.

Why stop there?
There certainly must be criminal fisherman too!
/x


11 posted on 10/31/2007 4:55:26 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Panzerfaust

Some of depends on the state and the level of the felony. Non-violent felons can in some cases use long guns for hunting after a certain amount of time has passed after they serve their term. (I believe in TX it’s 5 yrs after the completion of all the term, parole probation etc.) They must apply to the state for the exception. I am unsure if they can own the guns or just possess them for hunting purposes.

I am going on memory from an obscure reference to the Penal Code when I was in the Academy, so I may be wrong.


12 posted on 10/31/2007 4:56:03 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: Kakaze
hmmm, could they just buy the deertag and then have someone else shoot it.....I mean the tag really is just a harvest tax.

Unless group hunting, (eye contact, strictly defined in WI), you can't use someone elses tag, they'd both be violators. And felons are barred from purchasing the tag to begin with.

13 posted on 10/31/2007 4:56:26 PM PDT by SJackson (every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, none to make him afraid,)
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To: SJackson
They have it backwards. I could understand them revoking the privilege of hunting, not the right of owning a gun. Thats for another thread.
14 posted on 10/31/2007 4:59:42 PM PDT by BGHater (Lead. The MSG for the 21st Century.)
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To: Panzerfaust

Maybe not. Felons on parole or probation are not allowed to have a “weapon”. That includes knives and clubs. Bows could be included.


15 posted on 10/31/2007 5:00:10 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Panzerfaust
Maybe they bowhunt? I think a felon can own a bow...........

That's a different tag, there are two, archery and gun, not interchangeable. I don't know if felons can buy a bow tag in WI.

16 posted on 10/31/2007 5:01:10 PM PDT by SJackson (every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, none to make him afraid,)
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To: Kakaze

Should have added that a felon can’t participate in a group hunt, even if an unarmed driver.


17 posted on 10/31/2007 5:02:03 PM PDT by SJackson (every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, none to make him afraid,)
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To: RightWhale
Don’t need firearms to hunt deer, although a license is necessary.

A reminder of some old threads.

Good luck--Ancient Spear Weapon OK'd For Deer Hunt in Pennsylvania

Spare deer from spears, state panel urges [Pennsylvania]


18 posted on 10/31/2007 5:03:51 PM PDT by SJackson (every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, none to make him afraid,)
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To: BGHater

The way I see it is...if they still can’t be trusted with a firearm after serving their time and paying their debt to society, they should either serve another term or be executed.


19 posted on 10/31/2007 5:04:18 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
I think I follow: Those who are going to commit another felony with a gun will find a way to get one. Those who aren't...

...was it not the case that until 1968(?) that ex-cons could own guns?

20 posted on 10/31/2007 5:10:23 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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