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Wisconsin man suspected of slaughtering 100 deer in 'thrill kill'
FOX News ^ | March 30, 2012 | Cristina Corbin

Posted on 03/30/2012 3:40:41 PM PDT by South Hawthorne

A Wisconsin man, who along with his three friends is suspected of illegally slaughtering as many as 100 deer in what prosecutors call an unprecedented "thrill-kill" spree, faces up to six months in jail.

Nathan Blaha, 20, of Hillsboro, Wis., and his accomplices allegedly wandered the backroads of Richland County in a pickup truck, stunning deer with a light before shooting them and leaving their carcasses to rot in what he called a contest to “get the most deer,” according to court documents.

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To: South Hawthorne

Is that over the bag limit?


51 posted on 03/30/2012 4:36:07 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: Jonty30

They really need to be killed thousands at a time in our area. I drove by about twenty of them just in the last mile of my drive home tonight.

My daughter has hit one already this year, I’ve had dozens of close calls and was actually hit by one after I came to a complete stop. I saw the doe, slammed on my brakes and while I was stopped a buck came right over fence and ran into my bumper, then stood there for a minute looking like he thought it was my fault.

I fixed a fence Wednesday that the dear tore up over the winter and we can’t even keep a garden because the antlered vermin are so thick.


52 posted on 03/30/2012 4:38:06 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: ArrogantBustard

What’s with Arkansas?

Strange.


53 posted on 03/30/2012 4:39:05 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: chessplayer

If you go by my experience, yes, they do wait beside the road and then jump out at precisely the right time to impact cars. They do it to me in my driveway several times a week. I honk at them to mess up their timing.


54 posted on 03/30/2012 4:40:45 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: chessplayer
Around 1900 we were slaughtering off all wildlife we could get in our gunsights, driving many species to the brink of extinction.

And now, thanks to the 40x increase, they're bringing our forests to the brink of extinction. The deer may be cute, but they're destroying the environment.

Interesting way you phrased that. Do they deliberately jump in front of cars so they can kill someone? Or do they actually hunt down people in the woods to kill them?

Wow, you really don't know much about deer. Take a look at the pictures posted to you, I think you'll figure it out.

55 posted on 03/30/2012 4:40:45 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: chessplayer
When you've gotten yourself in a hole, stop digging.

/.02

56 posted on 03/30/2012 4:45:10 PM PDT by tomkat ( FU baraq !)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I’ve hit a few here in Michigan. Last fall my aunt bought a new car and hit a deer on her way home with it then hit another the next morning on her way to the garage.


57 posted on 03/30/2012 4:47:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Ron White on deer hunting/driving.

http://comedians.jokes.com/ron-white/videos/ron-white-—deer-hunting

I am a hunter but still laugh.


58 posted on 03/30/2012 4:49:50 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: chessplayer

A co-worker had one jump off a bank beside the highway onto his car. It flipped a couple of times (the auto). I don’t think they were able to determine motive in the attack


59 posted on 03/30/2012 4:53:45 PM PDT by Figment
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To: South Hawthorne

Um, I’m from Wisconsin but what the heck I’ll go ahead and ask: was alcohol involved?


60 posted on 03/30/2012 4:56:06 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: South Hawthorne

So, just for argument’s sake, what sort of firearm do you think would best accomplish killing 100 deer in one session? I’m thinking AR-15. It fires a high velocity round, it has a good rate of fire, and you could have several magazines preloaded in case you run across a large herd.

I’m curious what other Freepers think about this, or maybe the subject deserves its own thread?


61 posted on 03/30/2012 4:56:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: South Hawthorne

They never said who won the competition...


62 posted on 03/30/2012 5:06:05 PM PDT by Cailleach
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To: Jeff Chandler

You might get 2 per encounter. Ever shot at a group of deer. Once the first bullet flies all the rest is luck. They are agile and fast. Their senses are extraordinary and they are patient. Their lives are on the line you know. No way you could get a lot.


63 posted on 03/30/2012 5:06:20 PM PDT by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: South Hawthorne

Two types of people will be up in arms about this. The Bambi crowd and the trophy hunters.I dislike the trophy hunters as much as the tree huggers for their smugness. Shoot some danged does a**holes. If you’re in in it for the meat, what do antlers matter?


64 posted on 03/30/2012 5:06:48 PM PDT by Figment
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To: chessplayer
Well, considering people are everywhere, just where are deer supposed to live? Or have they lost the right to even exist and should be driven into extinction?

It's easy to see from how you formulated your question that even you realize you've lost the rational side of the argument and are now reduced to the emotional side.

That side doen't often win on FR, and it won't win this one either.

65 posted on 03/30/2012 5:09:31 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Great photos of automobile-deer collisions. You can get killed ! Along with your vehicle.


66 posted on 03/30/2012 5:09:45 PM PDT by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Nature eats every bit of the carcass. EVERY bit. Nothing is lost.


67 posted on 03/30/2012 5:11:59 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Jeff Chandler
I’m curious what other Freepers think about this

Hmph, good luck getting Freepers to weigh in about guns. Not gonna happen...

68 posted on 03/30/2012 5:15:30 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: South Hawthorne

Well, venison steak is an acquired taste, I think. But if you grind it up and spice it, it makes very good sausage. And certainly here in Vermont or in other deer-hunting areas there are plenty of people who would be glad to have some for the freezer.

I’m not sure what the rules are on commercial sales of deer. That may be one reason why it doesn’t normally get into groceries or supermarkets. But you can give it to your neighbors.


69 posted on 03/30/2012 5:16:57 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I guess you’ll be fine with the coyotes the carcasses draw, as well as loose dogs dragging them into your yard, then.

Nature will take care of it, right?


70 posted on 03/30/2012 5:17:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: South Hawthorne
stunning deer with a light before shooting them is called pit-lamping where I live, and pit-lampers are not welcome locally.

There's usually a pretty good self-regulating balance between local cougars, wolves, and deer. Most people like it that way. Dogs caught chasing deer are shot. Wolves attacking dogs are shot. Cougars too occasionally if one is unable to look after itself and goes after livestock.

Doesn't work out perfectly, but the likes of the psychos in this article are not needed to correct any perceived in-balance, which of course is not why they did it.
71 posted on 03/30/2012 5:21:41 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I was responding to your assertion that it’s not ‘honorable’ for humans not use the meat. I’m saying that other facets of nature rely on dead animals to live even more than we do.

BTW, leaving the gut’s etc. will draw as many preditors who will drag the stuff all around just like a full carcass.

I live in the country and am familiar with how wild animals treat other dead animals.

Shooting a 100 deer in one area in one night is a bit excessive, but is is a tiny start to solving a big problem, and should be encouraged.


72 posted on 03/30/2012 5:37:59 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Balding_Eagle

It’s lazy, disgusting and wrong.


73 posted on 03/30/2012 5:44:41 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: smaug6
You might get 2 per encounter.

So what do you think would do the trick, fully auto? RPG?

74 posted on 03/30/2012 5:50:06 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

coordinated artillery or driving them off a cliff


75 posted on 03/30/2012 6:02:00 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I pick up a hefty bag full of assorted bones out of the yard every spring. The dogs literally gain 10 pounds during deer season every year. A minor inconvenience.


76 posted on 03/30/2012 6:04:23 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Figment
“Buzzards have to eat too.”

I agree (although, I wouldn't go so far as to endorse Tibetan sky burials) & they're more than welcome to the gut pile.

I'm also all in favour of thinning the N. American deer herd. However, this isn't the way to go about it. It only hurts the image of hunters. Such wanton slaughter also violates all principles of stewardship. No religion — and especially Christianity, would condone it.

There's probably no reason to force the hunting of does. Just raise bag limits, and remove restrictions against taking does. Otherwise, I agree with your point there.

77 posted on 03/30/2012 6:12:53 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: dangerdoc

Do they stampede? I mean, could your stampede them over a cliff like bison?


78 posted on 03/30/2012 6:29:22 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: dangerdoc

Would you really need artillery or would mortar fire do?


79 posted on 03/30/2012 6:31:07 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: caveat emptor
There's usually a pretty good self-regulating balance between local cougars, wolves, and deer.

Unfortunately, that's no longer true in many parts of the country. In most wooded, semi-suburban areas there are no cougars or wolves, but plenty of deer. The self-regulation has broken down completely.

80 posted on 03/30/2012 8:34:02 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: South Hawthorne
Laws should be changed. 55 mph is insane in deer country. The speed limits should be no more than 40, unless people don't care about their lives and property. When I'm out and about at night I hate it when the person I am with is going 50-55 in deer country. People are so addicted to and think that driving at high speeds is sane when deer are all over. Even going 55 tons of traffic passes us.

People are so stupid as to think that they can stop quick enough going over 55 when a deer jumps out. People are so brain washed into thinking that they can go really fast, but because it is somewhere around a speed limit that means that they are safe. They don't know how to think for themselves about what speed is in reality actually safe. Trucks are the worst. The drivers often think that they are indestructible.

It's amazing how people are so concerned with their health when it comes to exercising, eating right, and not smoking but think nothing about the risks that our high speed limits are, killing hundreds all the time. Life is considered cheaper than getting somewhere fast.

81 posted on 03/30/2012 8:53:50 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Leaning Right
The self-regulation has broken down completely.

In those areas people who are concerned should do something about it other than make stupid comments about the actions of those sickos. IMO they need a lot more than a bit of jail time and a fine. Also more than "He also faces revocation of hunting rights for the next nine years." Maximum sentences for all the perps. They're a menace.
82 posted on 03/30/2012 10:27:45 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: caveat emptor
IMO they need a lot more than a bit of jail time and a fine

I agree. There are many areas of the country (mine included) where there deer population is out of control. But the culling of the herds must be done safely, and legally. For example, one community near me recently brought in professional hunters to do the job.

The fools discussed in the article (I refuse to call them hunters) have no place in such an effort.

83 posted on 03/31/2012 7:29:52 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: South Hawthorne
I can't say I would do what these guys did -- But at the same time, the deer population seriously needs a culling.

This wasn't the right way to go about it, clearly, but something needs to be done to reduce their numbers.

84 posted on 04/01/2012 7:44:18 AM PDT by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: chessplayer

A deer IS an omnivore... just sayin’


85 posted on 04/01/2012 3:57:59 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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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 Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.

Unlike many freepers, I think they should throw the book at these guys. If they get their hunting rights restored in a decade or so, that's fine. They do nothing but provide fodder for the anti-gun and anti-hunting lobbies.

86 posted on 04/01/2012 4:05:39 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson

Agreed, what these clowns did was not hunting and its unlikely that they would have seen it any different if they had killed horses, cows, or dogs.

There are a lot of deer here in Michigan but that just means we need to allow more legitimate hunting.


87 posted on 04/01/2012 4:09:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: peteyd
My niece and her boyfriends car was totaled out,plus the deer went flying and hit the car behind th

I live in Michigan and I only know a couple people who HAVEN'T had collisions with deer.

With that being said, I don't condone thrill kill of any animal and what these punks have done is deserving of more time in jail than what they got. Hell, the least these gutless pricks could have done was harvest what they killed and sold the carcasses on the black market.

I hope they also lost their hunting privileges for the rest of their sorry lives and had all their firearms confiscated....that's assuming of course they ever had legal hunting licenses.

They're a disgrace to the entire firearms community.

88 posted on 04/01/2012 4:30:08 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (No matter what you post here, someone's going to get pissed off......)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I live in Michigan and I only know a couple people who HAVEN'T had collisions with deer.

A fair number of Michiganders drive beaters in the fall because of the deer movement.
89 posted on 04/01/2012 4:37:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MeganC

Who was he poaching from?


90 posted on 04/01/2012 6:32:00 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: MeganC

Who was he poaching from?


91 posted on 04/01/2012 6:32:12 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: South Hawthorne
You think thrill killing should be encouraged??? There's no mention made that these killings had anything to do with herd control or any form of effective wildlife management. This was a thrill kill.

If there hadn't been a forest full of bambi around, this guy would have taken out a pasture of cows, horses, or other livestock. This guy killed to satisfy a bloodlust. Yeah, definitely the kind of behavior that needs to be encouraged.

92 posted on 04/01/2012 8:59:48 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: South Hawthorne

“He committed probably the single greatest act of improving the health of the surrounding forests in the past century.”

To hell with those punks! They acted like a wolf pack in a herd of sheep with the indescriminate killing. Legitimate hunters would have volunteered to thin the herd to improve the environment AND would have harvested the meat to feet their families!

JC


93 posted on 04/01/2012 9:43:31 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: kearnyirish2

“...there is no reason for these things to be living in proximity to people.”

Indescriminate killing is not the answer! In some urban communities having too many deer, bow hunters have been authorized to hunt them, AND the residents aren’t endangered either.

JC


94 posted on 04/01/2012 9:49:11 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: cracker45

Bow hunting is much safer (people tend to choose their targets more carefully due to the cost of an arrow compared to the cost of a bullet), but the fact is that those residents that aren’t in danger from the hunter instead die in car accidents with the deer. These are not endangered animals, and they are extremely destructive.


95 posted on 04/01/2012 9:52:45 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: grellis
You think thrill killing should be encouraged??? There's no mention made that these killings had anything to do with herd control or any form of effective wildlife management. This was a thrill kill.

You're right. Jeff Daumer got his start that way. I suppose some here would have praised him for eliminating stray animals...

This wasn't a managed population reduction hunt, it was a slaughter for the 'fun' of killing and wounding animals.

Short hop, mentally, to doing the same from a rooftop somewhere...

Not to mention wasted meat. But I guess, bacteria gotta eat, too, right?(/sarc)

96 posted on 04/01/2012 9:55:47 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: wetgundog

“Sounds like alot of fun...”

In the old days you would have run out of town on a rail by families struggling to earn enough to eat. In Alaska, where many villages depend on a subsistence life-style just to survive, you might even get shot yourself! SHEEESH

JC


97 posted on 04/01/2012 9:59:29 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: Yardstick

“I lost most of my sympathy for deer when I hit one standing in the road and totaled my car.”

He was just standing there, eh? Why didn’t you see him then? Sounds like you were messing around with something in your car, like a coffee cup, cell phone or whatever and not paying attention to your driving! SHEEESH

JC


98 posted on 04/01/2012 10:05:15 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: MeganC

I disagree, he couldn’t carry 10,000 rounds anyway so give him a 20 round box of ammo, like most hunters carry! HAW

JC


99 posted on 04/01/2012 10:09:44 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: smaug6

I agree whole-heartedly; but there aren’t enough hunters that can afford to pay exorbitant license costs (along with travel costs for non residents) to hunt there. Loosen up the crap regulations, eliminate high costs and INVITE us hunters to come visit. We’ll gladly take care of your problem (just tell us what we’re allowed to use when hunting - rifle, shot gun and/or archery or all three) but you folks want to have your cake and eat it too, while driving up auto insurance costs!

JC


100 posted on 04/01/2012 10:29:39 PM PDT by cracker45
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